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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
Blue Ridge Dog Agility Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 02, 2016

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Free Yoga at FENCE Sep 30, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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FREE Didgeridoo program with Steve O’Neil Steve O’Neil will be joining us again in the great room to present a very special program about the Didgeridoo. This is a unique program about the ancient Australian Aboriginal musical instrument the Didgeridoo. Oct 06, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

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Free Yoga at FENCE Oct 07, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Carolina Carriage Club Show Oct 08, 2016 - Oct 09, 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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