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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
FULL- Needle felting class- Little owl Join fiber artist Irene Heckel as she teaches a wonderful needle felting class. Each particiant will craft a little owl to take home with them. This class is $60 per person. All supplies are included in the fee. Please register for this event in advance. Payment is due at the time of registration. Oct 21, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

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FULL-Owl Prowl Registration for this event is at capacity and has closed. Join us for a nighttime walk around the FENCE property in search of some of our local owl species. This event is free and open to the public. Please call 828-859-9021 or email info@fence.org to register for this event. Oct 22, 2021 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

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TRHC Horse Trials Oct 23, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021

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BRHJA Classic Oct 29, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021

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FRC SHow Nov 06, 2021 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

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Recent News
FENCE thanks Foothills Riding Club : On July 17th, the Foothills Riding Club held a Dressage show on FENCE”s equestrian grounds. The show was a great success and FRC graciously held the show as a benefit to FENCE and donated the proceeds to the organization. FENCE is appreciative of the support from FRC and its show volunteers. Donations like these from organizations and community members allow FENCE to continue to improve our organization and programs for the benefit of the entire community. Thank you Foothills Riding club Read more…
FENCE grateful for support from PCCF : A huge thank you to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for their continued support. FENCE has been able to benefit greatly from the Kirby Endowment operating expenses fund. As a small non-profit organization, FENCE relies heavily on monetary support from the community. FENCE is grateful to be the recipient of these funds especially in a year as taxing as this past year has been. FENCE looks forward to continuing to serve our wonderful communities for years and years to come. Read more…
Great work! : Recently seven dedicated volunteer naturalists braved a chilly morning to transplant 200 improved Loblolly pine seedlings at FENCE. Under the direction of volunteer Chuck Hearson and Polk County Forest Ranger Ryan Searcy, the volunteers helped reforest a half acre of barren land that was the site of a storm blowdown where a Virginia pine stand was twisted and knocked to the ground. Read more…
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