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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
TROT Training Session Feb 22, 2020 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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WORKSHOP ON CONTROLLING INVASIVE PLAN Bittersweet, privet, kudzu and tree of heaven are all words you don't want to hear if you are a property owner in foothills of the Carolinas. A hands-on workshop teaching folks how to attack these noxious woody weeds. Plans include having the participants work on an overgrown space on the FENCE property. As strange as it may sound many non-native woody plant species can be effectively controlled when attacked while dormant. At the very least one does not have to contend with yellow jackets, hornets or snakes, when working before bud break in late winter. Retired horticulturist John Vining will be discussing how to identify the plants in winter and which plants are best suited for this dormant treatment. Feb 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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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! Feb 28, 2020 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

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Hazards in the outdoors (Plants/Fungi) Talk Join, naturalist, Carlton Burke as he discusses hazards we may encounter in the plant & fungi world. Feb 29, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Needle felted- pet painting Talented needle felting artist, Irene Heckel will teach a Needle Felted painting class at FENCE on Sunday, March 1st from 10am-2pm. This needle felted painting class involves using fibers to create a “painting” of a pet photo pre-selected by the student. Mar 01, 2020 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

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FENCE offering Free Community Yoga! : FENCE will be offering a free yoga series on Friday mornings. Yoga will begin at 11:15am in the great room. The yoga classes are lead by local instructor Rhonda Giles. All ages and yoga enthusiasts of all levels are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring a water bottle to the class. Yoga mats will be available for use. These classes are made possible by the free community event grant at Polk County Community Foundation. Read more…
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…
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…
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