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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
Free yoga FENCE is offering free yoga on Fridays at 10:15am in the great room. The yoga classes are taught by local instructor Rhonda Giles. This yoga class is designed for all levels, first time yoga students welcome! Attendees should plan to bring a water bottle, comfortable, flexible clothing, and a yoga mat. Extra yoga mats are available to borrow at FENCE. These classes are made possible by the free community event grant at Polk County Community Foundation. Feb 10, 2023 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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Free yoga FENCE is offering free yoga on Fridays at 10:15am in the great room. The yoga classes are taught by local instructor Rhonda Giles. This yoga class is designed for all levels, first time yoga students welcome! Attendees should plan to bring a water bottle, comfortable, flexible clothing, and a yoga mat. Extra yoga mats are available to borrow at FENCE. These classes are made possible by the free community event grant at Polk County Community Foundation. Feb 17, 2023 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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Concert Join us in the Great Room at FENCE for a concert with Sunlight Drive! This event is free and open to the public. Feb 19, 2023 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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TROT Volunteer Training If you are interested in learning more about TROT and becoming a volunteer or have a horse that can volunteer, please contact FENCE at 828-859-9021 or email therapeuticriding@fence.org. The program continues to grow, and we are looking forward to the Fall session & will need to add to the dedicated volunteer group we have been depending on! Feb 23, 2023 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Free yoga FENCE is offering free yoga on Fridays at 10:15am in the great room. The yoga classes are taught by local instructor Rhonda Giles. This yoga class is designed for all levels, first time yoga students welcome! Attendees should plan to bring a water bottle, comfortable, flexible clothing, and a yoga mat. Extra yoga mats are available to borrow at FENCE. These classes are made possible by the free community event grant at Polk County Community Foundation. Feb 24, 2023 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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TROT needs volunteers! : Volunteers are the lifeblood of our TROT program! Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) offers horsemanship skills to adults and children with physical, cognitive, development and emotional challenges in a safe, friendly, and supportive environment. Our spring program starts Monday, March 20th and is offered each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons until May 24th. We are looking for volunteers who can devote two hours, once a week, to supporting participants. Horse experience is not required as volunteers participate in a hands-on training session. Read more…
Hiking trails : Our FENCE trails have amazing volunteers and staff that keep them safe and beautiful with the passing of storms and outbreaks of invasive plants. The upkeep is made possible by the Kirby Endowment at the Polk County Community Foundation. Read more…
Special Appreciation to Kirby Endowment Fund : A special thank you to Dave Kirby Endowment Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation for keeping our log cabin viable. The cabin will be getting a new porch and new displays for all the community to enjoy. We look forward to this project being completed in Spring 2023. Read more…
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