To stimulate learning by providing opportunities for direct experience with nature for the people of the North Carolina Piedmont.
To preserve the history, heritage and culture of the southern region of the Blue Ridge; protect the Orchard land with its apples, wetlands, butterflies and other natural features; and educate about the unique Appalachian experience for all who come.
To promote enjoyment and conservation of native plants and their habitats through education, protection and propagation.
To conserve the waters, forests, farms and heritage of the Upper Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River Valleys.
To operate a 10-acre botanical garden focused on Southern appalachian native plants.
To engage North Carolinians in the transition to a toxic-free society through initiatives that promote human and environmental health.
To provide facilities and focus for education, recreation, and preservation in nature studies and equestrian activities with the aim of enhancing these endeavors to enrich the quality of life.
To conserve natural resources by advancing waste reduction and recycling efforts across the state.
To transform people's relationship with plants and the natural world.
To preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate a nature park sustainably in the public interest, and inspire good stewardship in others.