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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
Free Yoga FENCE offers a free yoga series on Friday mornings held in the FENCE great room. The yoga classes are led by local instructor Rhonda Giles. All ages and yoga enthusiasts of all levels are welcome! Nov 22, 2019 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

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Invasive talk We all love the climate in the Carolina foothills and unfortunately so do most of our most serious invasive plants. Plants such as Tree of Heaven, Kudzu, Oriental Bittersweet, Wisteria, and Miscanthus grass are all exotic or non-native plants that when left unchecked become serious weeds that are extremely difficult to control. Nov 23, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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FENCE Closed for Holiday Nov 28, 2019 - Nov 29, 2019

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Roastin on the Ridge Nov 30, 2019 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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Sheep Needle felting class Honoring the animal that gives us our raw material …Sheep Class – some of a different color!! Making sheep with traditional colors. Learning to use locks, and for the non beginner perhaps using some different supplies for legs…. Class is good for beginners and more advanced students too. $60 fee includes all supplies and materials. Contact FENCE to register--828-859-9021 or info@fence.org Dec 01, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

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Hiking Trails : FENCE would like to thank the Kirby FENCE Hiking Trail Management Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation for their support. With the help of these funds it helps our organization keep our trails looking beautiful, through any storm. Weather events this year were especially unpredictable; it is with great gratitude that we were able to quickly repair these areas and improve others. Read more…
Celebrate all things nature at FENCE this Fall! : For many of us in the south, Fall comes as a relief. As the hot summer days begin to dwindle into cooler fall days and nights, many people seek out fun fall activities to relish in the changing seasons. Typically, there is no shortage of festive fall activities in the surrounding communities from apple and pumpkin picking, fall leaf viewing hikes, going on hay rides, braving haunted houses, and so much more. Read more…
FENCE Thanks the Kirby Endowment Fund : On behalf of the board and staff at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, we would like to thank the Kirby Endowment Fund managed by the Polk County Community Foundation for their continued support. Dave Kirby’s legacy lives on through the generous monetary gift enables our organization to enrich the lives of community members of all ages through memorable experiences throughout the year. Read more…
Summer Day Camp Wrap Up : As the season winds down, FENCE looks back fondly on the sun filled days spent in our Summer Day Camps. Our days were brightened with the magic of face paint and cold watermelon slices, colorful tye dye and songs. Our campers traveled to new realms alongside a storyteller, traversed our trails in search of treasure on a pirate themed hike, wore the many hats of a park ranger, and created masterpieces with local artists. We dressed like a beekeeper and explored a bee hive, made strawberry jam from scratch and met many new animal friends. Read more…
Farewell to Pete Mahler : The Staff and Board of Directors at FENCE are saddened by the passing of our dear friend and supporter Pete Mahler. The Community has lost a wonderful person and we are sending our deepest condolences to the family. Read more…
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