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Wing Haven: #SpotlightOnCLT Great Outdoors

Written by Erin Morris    on June 23, 2022    in

Wing Haven

Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary is celebrating 50 years of providing a natural oasis in an urban setting.  It's a place for reflection and peace, for stepping outdoors and finding comfort in nature.  Especially during these pandemic times, Wing Haven has offered a natural space to get away from the office and to heal outside, with a fresh breeze and birds chirping.  When people speak about Wing Haven, their eyes light up.  It's a true hidden gem.  We hope you'll learn something new about Wing Haven in our #SpotlightOnCLT Great Outdoors and then go pay them a visit! 

We spoke with Stefanie Myer from Wing Haven about their impact on the Charlotte community.

What would you like the community to know about the challenges your organization is trying to solve?

With the loss of greenspace in the Charlotte region and increased use of technology, the need for a peaceful respite and nature-based programming has increased.

What is your organization’s role in the community?

Wing Haven’s mission is to cultivate sanctuary in nature, environmental stewardship, and the legacy of Southern horticulture. Through our tours (both guided and self-guided), events and programs, Wing Haven invites visitors to enjoy nature up close while they’re here and to leave with a feeling of peace and the knowledge that we are all part of nature.

We love impact stories, could you share one?

"Wing Haven is not only a bird sanctuary, but it is also a people sanctuary. Concerns about politics and [the] virus are left at the garden gate. I particularly enjoy being there in the early hours to watch nature awaken for the day. The Wellness Wednesday hours are also an opportunity to take time during a busy day to focus on my practice of mindfulness and being in the moment. Being immunocompromised, I particularly appreciate the outdoor space and lessened exposure to other people. It is a beautiful place to come, relax, and enjoy the nature around us. Thank you for the opportunity."- Betty Thomas, Wing Haven members and Wellness Wednesday participant

About the image pictured above: A young camper finds joy and awe in learning about plants and gardening.        

Contact: Stefanie Myer


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