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Armchair Traveler with Simon Thompson
Colombia has opened up a lot in the last 10 years with more and more tourists visiting this beautiful country. Colombia also holds the record for the highest number of bird species of any country in the world, including over 70 that are found nowhere else.
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Beginning Bird Watching with Simon Thompson
Birdwatching (or birding as it's now more often called) is the largest and fastest growing hobby in the country. From backyard birdwatchers to International birding travelers, it is estimated that over 50 million people enjoy birds to some extent or the other.
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Speaker Simon Thompson on Birds in Western NC
With a wide range of habitats and elevations in our corner of the state, birding is very popular here in WNC. We will explore what birds we can expect throughout the year and talk about the best locations to go to see a wide selection of species.
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Bird Migration with Simon Thompson
With thousands of birds moving north or south with the changing seasons, spring and fall migration can be dramatic here in WNC. Almost every species of bird in North America undergoes some seasonal migration.
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The FENCE Center will be closed for a brief summer break. If you need to reach a staff member, please email FENCE at
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Winter Bird Walk with Simon Thompson
The first bird walk of the year!! Meet at the Trail Shelter for this 2 hour walk. Bring binoculars and good walking shoes, and enthusiasm for a walk exploring the birds in our winter woodlands. Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks are calling and displaying and should soon be building their nests and Red-winged Blackbirds should soon be arriving at the FENCE pond. This program has been made possible by the Kirby Endowment at Polk County Community Foundation.
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Celebrate Fall at FENCE
Come out and enjoy this fabulous FREE outdoor event. Join our local naturalists, and artists for a hike, entertainment, lunch, and much more.
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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.
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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.
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Wine and Paint with Christine Mariotti
Be sure not to miss out on this Winter 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.
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