Congressman Patrick McHenry tours FENCE
Published 10:31 am Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) was buzzing Wednesday, Aug. 21 when Congressman Patrick McHenry
arrived to tour the facility and learn about FENCE programs.
Staff and board members shared their knowledge of well-known outreach projects such as Project FENCE and TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tryon) and the more intimate touch-feel room and live animal exhibit at the FENCE Center. McHenry also toured the recent storm damage sustained at FENCE.
Nature Director Tracie Hanson proudly showed the newly renovated classroom that can serve 40 or more children with scientific investigation tools, thought provoking displays and a bright and inviting atmosphere.
Nature assistant and Americorps member, Kristy Burja, continued the tour by sharing her passion for and knowledge of the animals residing at FENCE.
“My time working here (at FENCE) completely changed the trajectory of my future. I plan to continue my education and work with children in environmental education because of my time here,” Burja said.
TROT committee chair and FENCE vice-president Robbie Hambright led an informative tour of the TROT facilities. The program serves students of all ages.
“I am impressed that this worthy program is run almost completely by volunteers. I commend the community for this effort,” McHenry said.
After a quick stop at the historic Kimberly Log Cabin, everyone piled into vehicles to tour the storm damage on the equestrian side of the FENCE property.