Our mission is to support the human spirit by offering and building connections between people and the natural world.
Many of us take nature for granted—even when it gives us so much. You know what it is to feel alive. When the stress of a hectic week melts away during a simple walk in the woods. When the crash of a wave, the scent of a sea breeze, and the feeling of sand between our toes restores us. When to-do lists, and the urge to reach for the cell phone are suddenly forgotten and replaced by a sense of wonder on a chance encounter with a deer. Nature has the power to heal us and invigorate us. It gently focuses our minds on the present and helps us feel more alive.
Imagine what your life would be like without it. Trapped indoors, day after day, with no spring flowers, no birdsong, no crisp fall days, or even the feeling of warm sun on your face. It’s not a life we would wish on anyone—but, unfortunately, it’s exactly the life that’s been dealt to too many.
Founded in 1983 (formerly known as Animals as Intermediaries), The Nature Connection exists to change those lives. Our mission is to bring the power of nature to people with limited or no access to the outside world. Through regular programs delivered to at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and elders, we connect individuals with nature’s capacity to heal, teach, and create joy.
Visiting each of our client sites on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, our trained staff and experienced volunteers bring educational and therapeutic nature programs to hospitals, residential schools, at-risk youth programs, special needs facilities, nursing homes, and Alzheimer’s care programs. What we present changes every visit but always combines seasonal natural materials, live animals, and hands-on activities that engage the participants and expand the boundaries of their lives.
Since our founding, The Nature Connection has provided over 15,000 contacts with participants in the Greater Boston area, and some of our client sites have with been with us for over 25 years.
We bring nature; nature does the rest! Watch how powerfully it all works in the video below: