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Do you believe in the healing power of nature?
Read our story and decide!

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Over the past months, we have worked with an enthusiastic group of volunteers on how to make our story and our mission big and bold. This slideshow gives you a glimpse of how we plan to redesign our website, and expand our programs.

Let us know what you think – we would love to !


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(Photo: Sue Huszar)

The Nature Connection (formerly known as Animals As Intermediaries) brings animal and nature programs to people with limited access to the natural world. Founded 30 years ago, we connect individuals with nature's capacity to heal and to teach.

The Nature Connection serves at-risk youth, people with disabilities and elders. We use a unique methodology that brings together seasonal natural materials, live animals, storytelling, music and other expressive arts.

Visiting each site bi-weekly or monthly, The Nature Connection brings educational and therapeutic nature programs to hospitals, residential schools, at-risk youth programs, special needs facilities, nursing homes, and Alzheimer's care programs. We have served some of our clients for over 20 years.

Since our founding in 1983, The Nature Connection has provided over 15,000 contacts with at-risk youth, elders and people with disabilities in the Greater Boston area. We have also shared our work with more than 20,000 individuals, nationally and internationally, through our award-winning book, Bring Me the Ocean.

“We may regard plants as teachers;
rocks, rivers and clouds as messengers;
and animals as intermediaries.”
Sarah Seabury Ward, Founder

Mission: To support the human spirit by building connections between people and the natural world.


(Photo: Sue Huszar)