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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. That'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
Foothills Riding Club Dressage and Stadium Mar 07, 2015 12:00 AM

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Go Fly A Kite Mar 07, 2015 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

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Foothills Riding Club Cross Country Schooling Mar 08, 2015 12:00 AM

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Partnership for Horses Partnership with Horses is a group of people who are involved in various riding styles getting together to learn about the natural way of horses to improve our relationships, riding skills, safety, and care of them. All methods of “natural horsemanship” are welcomed. Mar 10, 2015 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

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Winter Bird Walk with Simon Thompson The first bird walk of the year!! Meet at the Trail Shelter for this 2 hour walk. Bring binoculars and good walking shoes, and enthusiasm for a walk exploring the birds in our winter woodlands. Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks are calling and displaying and should soon be building their nests and Red-winged Blackbirds should soon be arriving at the FENCE pond. This program has been made possible by the Kirby Endowment at Polk County Community Foundation. Mar 12, 2015 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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FENCE 30th Anniversary : FENCE Board members and staff could not think of a better way to celebrate it's 30th anniversary but with the whole community. Mother Nature cooperated by giving us a perfect day of weather. Community members came out, had lunch, played games, rode ponies, put their name in for some great donated raffle prizes, and listened to the music of "Big Shot Jimmy" who kept the crown entertained. "Children" of all ages young and old enjoyed the inflatable maze, bounce house, and even took a try at the giant blow up slide. A big thank you to the volunteers for all your hard work to make this celebration a tremendous success. This event was all made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation. Read more…
Volunteer Horse Wins HSUS Grant for TROT@FENCE : Ann Loving of Tryon says her Tennessee Walking Horse “Allen” is the epitome of the saying, “Never look a gift horse in the mouth.” Since a friend gave him to Ann and her husband, Frank, more than 20 years ago, Allen has proven to be worth his weight in gold for their family and for FENCE’S Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) program. Read more…
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