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At the Green Energy Park, we turn trash into treasure, garbage into gas, and problems into

The GEP uses renewable energy resources as fuel for glassblowing studios, blacksmith forges, and pottery kilns. By doing so, we're able to offer artists and crafts people a chance to create jobs for themselves, which in turn brings more visitors to the area, helping everyone in our community. More about us

Interested in Taking a Class?

Each of our instructors are extremely skilled and are experienced at working with students of different proficiency levels, from first-timers to advanced students.

Are you a Jackson County resident? If so, tell us at registration and receive a 10% discount on your class.

Check back often for new offerings, call the office, or join our email list (below right) to get our latest news.

To register for a class, you must call the office. We do not have online registration at this time.

Date(s): Oct 29, 2016
When: 10 am - 4 pm, 30 min. classes
Date(s): Dec 10, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016
When: 9 am - 5 pm each day

“This is an awesome place and it was a class that brought us out here. We will definitely be returning. Thank you!”

Jackie Methven, NC

“The instructor was great and explained all the steps carefully. His enthusiasm was wonderful. Thank you!”

“A great use of natural available energy and fun at the same time”

Gerry Murdock, NC

“Thank you for all you do to help me in continuing to follow my dreams!”

“Can't wait to come back!”

Cindy Lewis, NC

“I love the classes you offer! The Green Energy Park is Awesome!”


“Great teachers!”

“The park is a needed endeavor and the class exposes the public to the 'green' concept”

“The GEP is a great asset to Jackson County”

Mary Gwen Kistler, NC

“I love what you guys are doing here and it's wonderful that you offer classes to the community as well.”

“Wish I had come here before now! ”

Robert Edwards, NC


Another Great Festival!

Once again, this year's Youth Arts Festival was a huge success. The weather was perfect, the music was fun, and artistic expressions were everywhere! The kid's activities ranged from throwing clay pots, to painting giant paper mache turkeys, and just about everything in between.

This festival has become a big part of our community, with several attendees saying that it is their favorite festival of the year. It offers a chance for adults and kids to interact directly with artists and art students, which opens up all kinds of learning opportunities. And what's not to like, when a mixture of paint and chalk, fun and learning, all lead to improved cognitive development!

A gigantic thanks to all the artists, volunteers, vendors, students, teachers, and staff who made this festival possible. And an equal thanks to the parents that took the time to bring their kids out to play and explore their creative spirits.

— Timm, Chelsea, and Kevin, the GEP staff



Artisans' Work on Display

Our beautiful gallery hosts exceptional works by our artists, all of which use renewable energy in their creation. Each piece is selected for its beauty and quality, and best represents the skills of each artist.

You'll find glass and metal ornamental jewelry, vases and platters, sculpture, fireplace tools, butter knives, glass ornaments, pumpkins, paperweights and more.

Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm; and other times by appointment.

The Green Energy Park is partially funded by

MNC Energy Office Rural CenterGolden Leaf FoundationAppalachian Regional CommissionUSDA Rural DevelopementThe Conservation Fund