How You Help


No Profit, Yet There’s So Much To Gain.

Grandfather Mountain is a nonprofit organization, which means that everything we do is to benefit the mountain itself and the people who visit. We strive to make Grandfather a place where people can escape the daily grind, explore natural wonders and understand the amazing world around them.

Fortunately, we’re not alone in our efforts. People like you help us protect the mountain in its current state for future generations while we make visitors welcome, provide nature education and promote good stewardship. There are many ways you can help. You can become a member of the Bridge Club, which allows you to enjoy unlimited access to Grandfather Mountain (plus discounts and other benefits) while helping us build a bridge to our future and to future generations.

You can also adopt one of the animals in our wildlife habitats, help support their upkeep and make their lives better through daily enrichment. These are rescued animals that would not be able to survive in the wild for a variety of reasons and your donations help improve their quality of life.

We are always grateful for monetary donations, either to help us with specific projects or to a general fund to help ensure Grandfather Mountain will be here for future generations to enjoy just as we do today.

We are equally grateful when you choose to donate your time and talent to the work of the Stewardship Foundation. This year we are introducing a volunteer program to give our supporters a way to know the gratification that comes from introducing others to the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. Participants will be asked to go through a training program and, depending on the role they are trained to perform, will be asked to pledge as many as 50 hours of service during the year.

We are looking for hospitality volunteers to welcome our guests and answer questions about the facilities.  We hope to find animal ambassadors to interact with visitors and provide information on the animals in our habitats. We’d like to have volunteers that can aid our environmental educators in program set-up and support or help our rangers lead guided hikes. Finally, we always need help with projects that require more physical ability like landscaping and trail maintenance. Click here to read descriptions of the different volunteer opportunities.

No matter how you choose to support Grandfather Mountain, from your admission to your donations of time, talent and treasure, know that you are preserving the wonders of the wild for future generations.

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  • Last summer I returned to Grandfather Mountain after a more than 40 year absence and the return trip was even more magical than the initial trip. I was able to appreciate the majestic views of nature and all it's splendor with my grown son and my mother. We spent an adventure-filled day stopping at every spot mentioned on the CD and enjoyed a great deal of time in the animal habitats, especially the bears. My son's nickname is Bear, and frankly he resembles at least one of Grandfather Mountain's bears. We went up to the top by car since the hike was a little tough for my mom, however, she and my son crossed the Mile High Swinging Bridge together while I recorded their experience. Upon their return I crossed solo and was able to appreciate the views from the bridge and mentally check "GM Mile high Bridge" off my bucket list. My hope is to be able to visit Grandfather Mountain as often as possible and during every colorful season of the year to watch Mother Nature show off one of her greatest treasures.

    Palm Harbor, FL
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