ACCESS NATURE ACHIEVES ITS GOAL BRINGING NATURE TO THE DISABLED
By Bonnie Robins - Access Nature Director
In the first half of 2019 thé Access Nature Program has already exceeded its 2018 achievements. With the help of the Global Giving community we have been able to serve nearly 100 participants from disabled and underserved populations. Adding 3 new organizations we have worked with people with developmental disabilities, autism, mental illness, blindness and underserved Hispanic immigrants.
We also created a followup questionnaire which is sent to each organizations program coordinator. The response from our survey overwhelming indicates that participants are more relaxed, less anxious, and more engaged after the AN Nature Program. Their mood, cognitive function, and social interaction are all improved and they experience a greater sense of well being. These results coincide with scientific studies proving the benefits of exposure to nature.
in the second half of 2019 we will double our outreach. Please help us, by giving generously, to continue to expand our programs servicing twice as many disabled and underserved peoples to experience the benefits that nature has to offer.
By Bonnie Robins and Deanna Novak - Director and Coordinator Access Nature
Deanna Novak, Access Nature Coordinator
The Access Nature Team is proud to welcome Deanna Novak, as our new outdoor coordinator. As an environment educator, Deanna brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to AN. Deanna is as thrilled to join the Lewisboro Land Trust and support the Access Nature program*, as we are to welcome her! She is looking forward to spending time on the trail with those who need it most. Her hope is that together we can help each other articulate how time spent outdoors is beneficial for peacemaking, healing, and our sense of community and well-being.
With the help of the Global Giving Community Access Nature is doubling our outreach in 2019. This year we will serve over 200 disabled and underserved peoples to access the benefits of nature. Working with their organizations we will create safe, educational and enjoyable outdoor nature programs tailored to their specific needs and abilities. For the first time, we will work with blind adults, adding to our roster of developmentally disabled and the mentally ill.
“Access Nature is a wonderful opportunity for the Lewisboro Land Trust, to extend the benefits of our nature programs to people of various abilities. We guide our participants through positive experiences in natural areas, and bring awareness to positive changes in their sense of well-being.“ Deanna Novak
Community Based Services enjoy working in nature
Community Center learns about mushrooms and nature
Dec 26, 2018
GLOBAL GIVING HELPS ACCESS NATURE GROW
By Bonnie Robins - Access Nature Director
Global Giving Report-End of year Update
In the past year Access Nature, a division of the Lewisboro Land Trust, had defined an ambitious plan for growth and has initiated achieving its goals. With the help of the Global Giving community in 2018, Access Nature has been able to reach out to nearly 100 persons with disabilities, as well as the those of underserved populations.
Science has shown that the experience of nature brings many benefits, including reducing anxiety, depression and negative thinking, while increasing well being and cognitive function. Access nature believes that all people deserve to enjoy these benefits.
This year we have created outdoor nature programs for adults with developmental challenges, mental illness, and blindness, as well as youths from the Boys and Girls Club and families of first generation Hispanic immigrants.
With your help we are able to expand our programs outreach and effectiveness in 2019. In the coming year we plan to double the number of organizations and people we are able to serve. And by 2020 we hope to be able to triple it. We thank you for your generous part in this endeavor. We hope that you will continue to help us to grow and provide safe, educational and enjoyable nature experiences. We appreciate your kindness in providing this lifetime tool for those who need it most.