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Like the birds, we are always careful to build a stong nest and we are looking for the best materials to build our nest with. nest.jpgThat's why we appreciate donations year around. You don't have to wait for a special holiday, we will always carefully nurture and protect your investment in FENCE so it will continue to grow and serve its mission now and into the future. Thank You!


FENCE Nature Center

FENCE offers 384 acres of hardwood forest, meadow, and wetland for hikers, birdwatchers, gardeners, astronomers. Our entire property is protected by a conservation easement, so it will always be available for future generations. During the school year, some eight thousand elementary and junior high school students join our Project FENCE natural history curriculum.

FENCE TROT Program

FENCE is proud to offer TROT, a therapeutic riding program teaching horsemanship skills to adults and children with physical, developmental and cognitive challenges in a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

FENCE Equestrian Center

The FENCE Equestrian Center has gained a reputation as one of the finest facilities of its kind in the Southeast. With permanent stabling for over 300 horses in eleven barns, all-weather footing in three lighted showrings (including a covered arena), on-site parking and spectator seating, the Equestrian Center hosts events in all disciplines year-round.

Upcoming Events
Gnome needle felting class The talented fiber artist, Irene Heckel, will teach a needle felting class at FENCE. Beginners always welcome! Each participant will create a forest gnome as well as learn the techniques and tools for needle felting. Aug 15, 2020 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

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Postponed-Armchair Traveler Aug 16, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Tuesday Night Schooling Show rings A and B will be open for schooling. The cost is $20 and a release form will need to be signed. Aug 18, 2020 04:00 AM - 07:00 PM

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Blue Ridge Dog Agility Aug 20, 2020 - Aug 23, 2020

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JTO Horse Clinic Aug 29, 2020 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Stuff to do during COVID-19 with your children! : Our hearts go out to the families struggling during these difficult times. In particular, the challenges faced as a result of school closings. FENCE will continue to do what we can to support WNC and its students and families during this event. Our trails remain open, and we encourage families to utilize the outdoors as an opportunity for social distancing. Below are several self-guided activities aimed at engaging children in the safety of their own backyard or here on the trails at FENCE. We have also included educational resource links such as virtual field trips to national parks and other community resources. Feel free to comment if you are interested in seeing similar resources and please share your experiences with us! Read more…
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