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
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
(Photo: Sue Huszar)