Rowan Wild at Dan Nicholas Park
Dan Nicholas Park is the home of the Nature Center (featuring the Cheerwine Aquarium), the Stanback Barnyard, and Wildlife Adventures.
Rowan Wild has three naturalists, a contract veterinarian, and a public outreach employee. The center maintains a collection of live North Carolina native animals including non-venomous and venomous snakes, raptors including hawks, owls, falcons, vultures and bald eagles. The mammals include groundhogs, raccoons, foxes, bobcats, black bear, deer and two red wolves.
The Stanback Barnyard features chickens, sheep, goats, and other farm animals as well as historic farm equipment.