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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. Click here to donate today. 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
Free Yoga at FENCE Aug 26, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Community Garage Sale! Mark your calendars and reserve a stall! FENCE Fall Community Garage Sale! This long running sale will be from 8am to 12pm. There is always something for everyone. All proceeds are kept by the seller. Hospice Thrift Barn of Landrum, SC will have a truck on site if you wish to donate your un-sold items to this worthy charity. The garage sale is under cover so come rain or shine. There is plenty of parking on site. There is a small fee for stall space. Please contact FENCE. Aug 27, 2016 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Carolina Series Aug 27, 2016 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

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Armchair Traveler in Trinidad! 'From the mangrove swamps of Caroni to the mountain forests of the Northern Range, Trinidad & Tobago contains a wealth of natural wonders. With over 450 different bird species recorded within its borders (including 17 hummingbirds), a warm West Indian climate, excellent food, and rich island culture, T&T is an excellent destination for nature lovers. Join local bird guide Aaron Steed as he recounts his recent trip to this beautiful south Caribbean nation.' Aug 28, 2016 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Lewis Pack Horse Show Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016

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Trail signs! : It was a momentous day at FENCE. Out with the old and in with the new kinda day! Long awaited new trail, you are here signs began to be installed. Trails will be well marked with these signs featuring the FENCE logo, trail names, and a red dot to show you where you are. We could not of done it without Chuck and the nature committee. Read more…
Looking for TROT Volunteers!!!! : Are you looking for something rewarding to fill a few hours a week! Volunteers are the heart and soul of TROT. They help students groom and saddle their horses; assist and support the student as side walkers and leaders during each lesson; and assist in barn duties. Volunteers provide valuable assistance to the instructors and other TROT staff. While experience with horses is valuable, it is not a requirement. Two Volunteer training sessions will be held on August 27 at 9am and August 29 at 5pm. All volunteers are required to attend one of the sessions. Please note that volunteers wishing to serve as side walkers and leaders during lessons must also meet certain physical criteria. They must be able to walk on uneven ground for up to thirty minutes and be able to jog for up to five minutes. They also must be able to hold one arm at shoulder height or higher for the same period of time, and be physically capable of responding to emergency situations involving horse and rider. Please contact FENCE if you are interested in becoming a TROT volunteer. 828-859-9021 or info@fence.org Read more…
The Special Help FENCE Receives : The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is grateful to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for its continued support year after year to help maintain FENCE with operating monies. These funds allow us to better fulfill our mission to benefit our community. The Board of Directors, staff, and our volunteers appreciate one of our founding fathers, Dave Kirby, for his generosity to FENCE and the work of the Polk County Community Foundation. Read more…
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