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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
Kid's Nature Club Beginning this month, FENCE will have a “Kids Nature Club” once a month and will offer different themes monthly with accompanying activities for the kids. These activities will be both fun and educational aimed to engage children between the ages of 5 and 12. The “Kids Nature Club” will be offered free and open to the public and will be held on a drop in basis. Families are encouraged to bring their kids to FENCE to explore our five miles of trails and stop into FENCE to participate in our nature activities. This month’s theme being Animal Tracks and Traces. Kids will learn about some of the animals that call the woods at FENCE home and the tracks and traces that will be left behind by these animals. Jan 17, 2017 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Free Family Concert with Moon and You The Moon and You is a folk/soul band based in Asheville, NC that tours the Eastern US and Western Europe. At its core are married songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Ryan Furstenberg (banjo, guitar) and Melissa Hyman (cello). The duo's ever-evolving output encompasses the a wide range of American roots music. Their onstage synergy and warmth invite audiences in, offering a peek into a strange and joyful universe of their own. Jan 22, 2017 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Wicker basket making with Carla Filippelli Carla Filippelli will join us at FENCE to teach "Learn Wicker Basketry-Create an Interwoven Basket". Participants will learn Wicker Basketry techniques while creating a charming interwoven base basket. With the use of hand dyed colorful reeds we will focus on shaping, texture changes, basketry tips and more in an easy to master technique. Students will gain plenty of skills to try more ambitious pieces in the future. Please pre-register for this class. $60 fee includes all supplies for the workshop. Beginners welcome! Students should bring an old towel to the workshop. Jan 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

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Wine and Paint with Christine Mariotti Be sure not to miss out on this Valentine’s Day themed wine and paint night with local artist Christine Mariotti. We will be working in Acrylic paint. Beginner painters always welcome! Please reserve a seat in advance, space is limited for this event. Feb 09, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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Full Moon Hike Feb 10, 2017 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

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Recent News
TROT Hires a Program Director : FENCE is very excited to announce the hiring of our new TROT Program Director, Allison Rhyne. She was raised in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Wake Forest University. Stepping back from the insurance business, Allison has returned to the area she loves and has accepted the position of Program Director for Therapeutic Riding of Tryon, the Therapeutic Riding Program at FENCE. Allison is very excited to become part of the community in Tryon and comments, “As a long-time horse person, I have seen firsthand how much a relationship with a horse can change a person’s perspective, build their confidence and improve skills. It is a dream to be able to work with a program that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and adults using horses as the bridge.” Allison and her husband, Jack Evans, will be dividing their time between Greenville, SC and Lake Lure, NC. Read more…
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