For more information, contact:
New Horizons Un-Limited
811 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 937 Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 299-0124
The opportunity to respite in the outdoors helps individuals with disabilities and their families to become reinvigorated and helps us feel more alive, free and happy. Outdoor adventures offer family members to bond in ways that may otherwise be more difficult and it is well known that nature offers good therapy from life’s stresses. The Accessible Camping Cabins in our Wisconsin State Parks offers this respite opportunity to families. (See below)
In addition, there is growing evidence that children's mental and emotional health is enhanced through regular contact with the outdoors, particularly in a natural setting. Unstructured outdoor play helps children develop gross and fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, logical, focused thinking, and problem-solving skills, which help children of all ages, abilities and sensitivities.
We are excited to announce this week's groundbreaking for the Richard Bong (Wisconsin) State Recreation Area and their Friends group, the Bong Naturalist Association, who are raising funds and installing a Nature Explore Classroom. Hoping to disconnect kids from their electronics and grant opportunities that may not otherwise be available, the Nature Explore Classroom will allow kids to develop an appreciation of nature, science, art and music and a lifelong passion for nature activities.
Richard Bong State Recreation Area is located in Western Kenosha County, Wisconsin and the project has been the dream of Beth Goeppinger, Naturalist at the park. (See photo) The Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, of Lincoln Nebraska, produced a design concept for the project. Known for the Accessible Cabin at Bong, our President, Art Miller (See photo) was asked and volunteered services to create the construction plan. Along with Lavern Nall, Strass Maguire Architects, they implemented the layout of accessible grading and walkways.. With eleven "classroom" areas dedicated to nature, movement and explore areas, the meandering trail takes one through woods, by rocks and bushes, and up and down gentle slopes, which will now be entirely ADA accessible.
Do you know an individual or group that would benefit from the Nature Explore Classroom? Please let them know about this exciting development at Richard Bong State Recreation Area.
The Bong Naturalist Association is still looking for donations - cash or in-kind. Work days will be held this spring and a fundraising Open House will be on Saturday, June 2 from 10am-12noon at the park.
Do you know a boy or girl scout group, class group or others who would be willing to donate materials, volunteer to help build, or support one of the classroom areas to get involved with this project? The DNR has developed a detailed list and will continue to guide the project. For more information, visit the bongnaturalistassociation.org or call (262) 878-5607.
Richard Bong State Recreation Area Kohler Andrea State Park Harrington Beach State Park
The eight fully Accessible Camping Cabins in the Wisconsin State Parks offer low cost options for enjoying the outdoors for people with physical disabilities who require accessible amenities.
If you or a family member has a physical disability and are in need of a break, book a stay at one of Wisconsin State Parks’ Accessible Camping Cabins.
Make reservations early; accessible cabins fill up fast.
YOU can help support this endeavor by helping the Friends Group or the Wisconsin State Park of the cabin in which you are interested.
To keep accessible features maintained, the Wisconsin State Parks could use your help!
For information, reservations, or to donate, visit Wisconsin DNR Accessible Cabins.
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