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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
IEA Regionals Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017

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Birds of Prey-Wild for Life Local Wildlife rehabilitation organization, Wild for Life, to visit FENCE. Get up close and personal with some local birds of prey. They will present a fun, educational program on local bird of prey species, their role in the environment, and the role of wildlife rehabilitation centers in our area. Wild for life will be bringing along a few of their educational birds for the presentation as well! This event is free, open to the public, and is sure to be a great event for attendees of all ages. Feb 25, 2017 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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Free Armchair Traveler with Natalie Rothenberg FENCE will present their first Armchair Traveler of the year. Natalie Rothenberg will be our guest for the afternoon. She will attempt to warm us all up during our winter months by presenting about her experiences in Kauai, Hawaii where she volunteered on a farm for four months. Feb 26, 2017 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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Armchair Traveler with Natalie Rothenberg FENCE will present our first Armchair Traveler of the year. Natalie Rothenberg will be our guest for the afternoon. She will attempt to warm us all up during our winter months by presenting about her experiences in Kauai, Hawaii where she volunteered on a farm for four months. This wonderful presentation is free and open to the public. Following the presentation refreshments will be served. This event is made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation. Feb 26, 2017 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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TROT Barn Clean up Day Feb 27, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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Recent News
Thank you PCCF : Foothills Equestrian Nature Center would like to extend a big thank you to the Polk County Community Foundation for funding our 2016 yoga series through their Free Community Event Grant. FENCE was able to offer a free yoga series from July through December lead by local instructor Rhonda Giles. Each week community members joined at FENCE on Friday morning for a relaxing hour of yoga. Read more…
TROT Hires a Program Director : FENCE is very excited to announce the hiring of our new TROT Program Director, Allison Rhyne. She was raised in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Wake Forest University. Stepping back from the insurance business, Allison has returned to the area she loves and has accepted the position of Program Director for Therapeutic Riding of Tryon, the Therapeutic Riding Program at FENCE. Read more…
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