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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
Postponed until 5/16-5/17: FENCE Horse Trials New date is May 16th-17th Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 12, 2020

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FENCE Closed for Holiday Apr 13, 2020 12:00 AM - 11:55 PM

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Cancelled: Trail Systems Seminar Come and hear experienced riders share information about our many local equestrian trail systems. Learn about the trails of the Foothills Equestrian Trails Association (FETA), the Collinsville Equestrian Trail Association (CETA), DuPont State Forest, Tsali Recreation Area, the Biltmore Estate, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Cataloochee Horse Camp, and Pisgah National Forest. Foothills Riding Club educational seminars take place from 7-8 PM in the FENCE great room. Seminars are free to all but a $5 suggested donation is encouraged of non-members. Evening donations will benefit Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE). Apr 15, 2020 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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Postponed: Free Family Concert Will reschedule as soon as safe to do so... Basement Bunch will perform in the Great room at FENCE. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Apr 19, 2020 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Postponed until 5/9: FENCE Open Horse Show New date: May 9th Apr 25, 2020 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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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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