The Nature Connection (formerly known as Animals As Intermediaries, AAI)
brings animal and nature programs to people with limited access to the
natural world. Founded over 25 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
Visiting each site once a month, or more, The Nature Connection brings
educational and therapeutic nature programs to hospitals, residential
programs, special needs schools, and nursing homes. We have served some of
our clients for over 15 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
(Photo: Sue Huszar)