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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 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.

Recent News
FENCE and Giving Tuesday! : This holiday season, FENCE asks that you consider donating to local non-profit organizations in Polk County. After the thanksgiving holiday has passed many folks focus on holiday shopping, with days like black Friday, small shops Saturday, and cyber Monday it is important not to forget about giving Tuesday. Small non-profit organizations thrive on generous donations from community members in both the form of monetary donations and donations of their time through volunteer work. Donations allow non-profit organizations such as FENCE to serve the community to the best of their ability. As a community focused nature and equestrian center, FENCE strives to meet unmet needs of community members by serving as a community resource for the preservation of green space and for educational and recreational opportunities linking nature, animals, and people. FENCE offers many different learning experiences for community members including teaching in school science and nature based lessons to grades Kindergarten-fifth, educating local children during field trips and summer camps, and educating the general public through free hikes and presentations. In addition to education, FENCE is also is the home of the Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) program which is a program that provides equine assisted activities to adults and children with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Read more…
Celebrate Fall at FENCE : "If you love the outdoors, come love it at FENCE" -Dave Kirby As one of FENCE's founding father's always said "If you love the outdoors, come love it at FENCE!" On Sunday, October 9th from 1-4pm we invite the community to join us in Celebrating fall at FENCE with our Free Family nature festival. Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors with your family, friends, and community to enjoy all of the beauty that surrounds us. Read more…
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