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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. Click here to donate today. 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 Astronomy/star viewing The Foothills Astronomical Society and FENCE invite you to star gaze, and learn about astronomy. These programs are set to begin at sunset. You are encouraged to stay as long as you’d like! Don’t have much knowledge about astronomy? No problem, we have astronomers that are very informative and eager to help you learn more about space!! May 06, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

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Steeplechase May 07, 2016 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

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Happy Mother's Day May 07, 2016 11:00 PM

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Spring Bird Hike with Simon Thompson May is often a beautiful month to go birding. Most of the northbound migrants have moved through, except for a few late Blackpoll Warblers. All of our summer-resident birds should be on territory and singing. May 12, 2016 07:00 AM - 09:00 AM

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SC Mounted Shooters May 13, 2016 - May 15, 2016

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Recent News
FENCE is looking for a Development Manager : The Development Manager creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, corporate donations, grant solicitation, and in-kind resources. If interested please send resume to admin@fence.org Read more…
The Special Help FENCE Receives : The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is grateful to the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation for its continued support year after year to help maintain FENCE with operating monies. These funds allow us to better fulfill our mission to benefit our community. The Board of Directors, staff, and our volunteers appreciate one of our founding fathers, Dave Kirby, for his generosity to FENCE and the work of the Polk County Community Foundation. Read more…
Welcome Rachel Evans to TROT : Therapeutic Riding of Tryon at FENCE is happy to announce their newest Path Intl. certified instructor. Rachel Evans is a 25 year old riding instructor from Georgia. She had horses her whole life; she has grown up in the barn. Rachel lives with 2 Tennessee Walking horses and a Quarter horse in Brevard, NC. PATH Intl. certified her in September 2015 as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor with the help and support from Free Rein Therapeutic Riding in Brevard. Rachel has five years’ experience with therapeutic riding programs and a life time worth with people with disabilities. Enthusiastic and enthralled with her job working with horses and people, she feels blessed to have found a career path that she enjoys and that does not seem like work. Rachel spends most of her free time outdoors (usually with horses), loves animals of all kinds and enjoys "talking shop" and telling people about Therapeutic Riding. Read more…
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