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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
FENCE Camp Half Day $150 Jun 20, 2024 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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FENCE Camp Half Day $150 Jun 21, 2024 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Hunting Country Schooling Jumper - Equitation - Dressage Jun 21, 2024 - Jun 23, 2024

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All Day Camp $225 Jun 24, 2024 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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All Day Camp $225 Jun 25, 2024 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

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Recent News
Knights of Columbus present donation to Therapeutic Riding of Tryon : On Wednesday, March 6, The Knights of Columbus presented Therapeutic Riding of Tryon (TROT) at FENCE with a donation. “TROT is beyond grateful for the kind donation from the Knights of Columbus,” said Summaiya D’Adamo, TROT’s director. “Their generosity helps our students TROT on!” The donation to TROT will be used to help cover the program’s tuition for providing equine-assisted activities to adults and children with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Read more…
New program at FENCE : E.A.S.E (Equine Assisted Senior Engagement) is a new program at FENCE aimed at early stage dementia, MCI (mild cognitive impairment), and Parkinson's participants. It is a four-week program consisting of a Spring and Fall session. The goal of this program is to inspire connection and improve the lives of those impacted by dementia, MCI, and Parkinson's through equine engagement. The program focuses on a sensory experience for each student while creating a sense of awareness, confidence, and social connection within a structured and supervised environment. The program takes place at Rosemary's Barn. Participants will spend time and connect with equine animals and other therapy pets in a beautiful, natural setting. Read more…
Thank you to the Kirby Endowment Fund! : A special thank you to the Kirby Endowment Fund at the Polk County Community Foundation for keeping our log cabin beautiful. This fund allows us to insure the cabin is inspected regularly, furnishes the cabin and helps maintain the building and grounds are upkept. Read more…
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