Welcome to Long Branch!
For conserving and growing a sustainable future!
The Long Branch Environmental Education Center is a small educational institution located (map) in Buncombe County's Newfound Mountains, about 18 miles northwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Set aside in 1974 as an ecological sanctuary and land trust, it has developed into an educational center for sharing positive strategies of local self-reliance in the areas of environmental design, organic food production, renewable energy, shelter design and construction, appropriate technology, resource conservation, recycling, wildlife protection and improved environmental quality.
Regarding Covid-19: Long Branch Environmental Education Center is open to the public at this time. We recommend that visitors wear masks and socially distance with other groups of visitors, volunteers, and stewards of the property, but there is plenty of space for everyone to be safe, and items at the information kiosk as well as the composting toilet are sanitized daily. The community center is currently closed, but visitors can go around the back side of the building to access the composting toilet. We hope that Long Branch EEC offers visitors a place to reconnect with nature and relax during these difficult times!