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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 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.

Recent News
Kirby Endowment and PCCF : Many thanks to the Kirby Endowment Fund at Polk County Community Foundation for its continued support. Dave Kirby’s legacy is able to live on through the generous monetary gift that enables Foothills Equestrian Nature Center to enrich lives of community members of all ages through free family outings, outdoor educational events, and summer days camps. Read more…
FENCE thanks Foothills Riding Club : On July 17th, the Foothills Riding Club held a Dressage show on FENCE”s equestrian grounds. The show was a great success and FRC graciously held the show as a benefit to FENCE and donated the proceeds to the organization. FENCE is appreciative of the support from FRC and its show volunteers. Donations like these from organizations and community members allow FENCE to continue to improve our organization and programs for the benefit of the entire community. Thank you Foothills Riding club Read more…
Great work! : Recently seven dedicated volunteer naturalists braved a chilly morning to transplant 200 improved Loblolly pine seedlings at FENCE. Under the direction of volunteer Chuck Hearson and Polk County Forest Ranger Ryan Searcy, the volunteers helped reforest a half acre of barren land that was the site of a storm blowdown where a Virginia pine stand was twisted and knocked to the ground. Read more…
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