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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
Canceled FENCE Dressage Show Jun 06, 2020 - Jun 07, 2020

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Harmon Classics Derby Mania Jun 11, 2020 - Jun 14, 2020

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Storytelling program Nancy Basket tells Cherokee stories of respect from elders and how old legends live, connecting us all to life as we know it now. Jun 14, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Horse Camp Learn the basics of horse riding! Camp runs 8:30-12:30 daily for children ages 5-12. This first week is typically best for beginners, but all levels of riding experience are accepted. Fill out an application and mail or drop off at FENCE. Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 19, 2020

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Free Family Concert Friction Farm performs in the Great room at FENCE. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Jun 21, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Recent News
FENCE Update During Covid-19 : FENCE offices will remain closed until further notice, this includes public restrooms. We will strive to keep our walking trails open during this time, with the condition that visitors continue to comply with social distancing guidelines and that overcrowding does not become an issue as observed in many other local parks, forests and trails. We continue to urge visitors to remain home if feeling ill and to adhere to social distancing guidelines when utilizing FENCE trails to protect oneself and other visitors. Read more…
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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