Nature Links seeks to enhance the lives of young adults (22-30) through interaction with the natural world. We link the public to a broader understanding of the abilities and the challenges faced by young people with disabilities. We also help local institutions with exhibits and programs that can better speak to people with disabilities. We enhance independent life skills, reading, math, travel training, money skills and a sense of entrepreneurialism for those we serve. In linking participants through local trips and fun activities we empower young adults with a positive view of their futures and a belief in themselves. By promoting wellness and a healthier approach to life we can help our participants to become environmental stewards.
We provide paths toward employment and the possibility of forging new businesses - from the culinary arts, nutrition, and an awareness of the cultural variety of food to continuing education in fields such as weather,marine, and animal studies, civics, local history, and ecology. In valuing each other’s unique abilities and our civil rights, we forge paths that link each and all of us. Nature Links connects participants to the larger world through public transportation training, story-telling, interest in news and worldaffairs; by creating video segments for the web to appeal to broad audiences; by learning about the functions of government and the meaning of citizenship.