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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
Community Garage Sale (New Date) Sep 22, 2018 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Family Concert with Quatrophonics Saxophone Quartet "The Quatrophonics" saxophone quartet has the perfect blend of smooth sounds and rich harmonies with their eclectic mix of classic jazz and pop from around the globe. Members Stan Widener on soprano and alto, Gary Livingston on alto, Dave Johnson on tenor and Jim Litzie on bari, all lifelong musicians, have been pleasing audiences in the Carolinas since 2011. Sep 23, 2018 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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FENCE Open Horse Show Sep 29, 2018 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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TR&HC XC Schooling TR&HC Annual X-Country Schooling Day Sep 29, 2018 08:00 AM - 05:55 PM

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Bird Hike with Simon Thompson Simon Thompson, local ornithologist and international bird guide, will lead a leisurely walk on the FENCE property. This guided walk is free and open to the public. FENCE welcomes everyone from first time birders to advanced birders to join Simon for his walk! Please meet at the FENCE center and remember to dress in comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring along binoculars and local bird guides if you have them. Oct 03, 2018 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Recent News
AmeriCorps Position Open at FENCE : FENCE is accepting applications for a full-time Environmental Education Associate through AmeriCorps Project Conserve. This service member will deliver our Project FENCE science-based programming to local students both in the classroom and in the field. Read more…
FENCE Thanks the Kirby Endowment Fund : On behalf of the board and staff of 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 that enables our organization to enrich the lives of community members of all ages through free family outings, outdoor educational events and summer day camps. Read more…
FENCE wraps up it's 2nd Annual Round Up Rodeo : We hosted our Second Annual Round-Up Rodeo on Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30. The weather was perfect and plenty of fun was had by all! As part of the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA), the rodeo featured bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, cowgirls break away roping, team roping, cowgirls barrel racing, and tie down roping. Read more…
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