Dream Catchers, USA is a non-profit organization that provides individuals with disabilities an opportunity to "experience the great outdoors, living their dreams, and meeting the challenges placed before them so that they may live a life as full as possible." Outdoor adventures include fishing trips, hunting trips, shooting competitions, demonstrations, and much more. Applications for participating in the trips can be found on their website. For more information, call (256) 757-5477 or e-mail DreamCatcherMail@aol.com.
Follow Me Outdoors offers information on accessible fishing and hunting. The site includes information on accessible hunting and fishing gear and equipment and much more.
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages (GORP) provides an abundant amount of information about the national parks, forests and wildernesses and what to do and where to go to enjoy the outdoors. Also, GORP offers a section on outdoor resources for people with disabilities. This site offers very descriptive articles on accessibility to various national parks, state parks, trails and stories of outdoor experiences.
Wilderness Inquiry "provides outdoor adventure for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds." They encourage everyone to experience the great outdoors through a variety of multi-day trips to various locations throughout the United States. Participants, regardless of disability, can canoe, kayak, backpack, dog sled and more. For information on upcoming trips, visit their website or call (612) 676-9400.
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Challenge Aspen provides recreational, cultural and competitive experiences for people with disabilities in the Snowmass Village area. Their Winter program provides adapted skiing and snowboarding lessons to individuals with physical disabilities. Their Summer program offers a variety of summer camps for children, teens and adults. For more information, call (970) 923-0578.
Colorado Division of Wildlife offers a range of activities to people with disabilities. Activities include hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. For more information, visit their Individuals with Disabilities Information Webpage or call (303) 297-1192.
Colorado Outfitters offers a variety of outdoor activities to people with disabilities and their families. Activities include big game hunting, pack trips, family vacations, wildlife viewing, horse rental and trail rides, fishing trips, small game and bird hunting, cabin rentals, dude ranches, snowmobiling, sight-seeing and much more. For more information, call (970) 876-0543.
Outdoor Buddies is a Denver-based, non-profit organization offering hunting and fishing opportunities to mobility disabled individuals and disadvantaged youths. They provide experienced able-bodies (Able-Buddies) to accompany the disabled (Handi-Buddies) on a one-to-one basis, providing the support that is required for safety and success. For more information, call (303) 771-8216.
Wilderness on Wheels (W.O.W.) is a non-profit corporation that provides people with disabilities access to Colorado's mountain environment via a model wilderness access facility. Activities include hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, picnics and camping. The mountain facility, located on U.S. 285 sixty miles southwest of Denver, is open between mid-April and mid-October. Reservations are required for entry. For more information, call (303) 403-1110 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Challenge the Outdoors, provides accessible recreational experiences to the physically challenged sportsperson in Northeastern Wisconsin. They sponsor several events throughout the year, including hunting and fishing excursions. For more information, call (920) 525-1123 or e-mail CTOforME@yahoo.com.
Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located at N7725 Highway 28, Horicon, Wisconsin 53032. Horicon Marsh is the largest fresh water cattail marsh in the U.S. and has been formally recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations. The marsh is home to great flocks of migrant Canadian Geese as well as 305 other kinds of birds, and many different kinds of mammals, fish, frogs, snakes, turtles, insects and plants. The Wildlife Education Program has been conducted at the marsh since the mid-1980s. This program focuses on the abundant wildlife resources of the marsh, their ecology and applied management. The program relies on the diverse wildlife to develop a wide range of educational programs aimed at introducing and sharing our native wildlife. For more information about the center Phone: 920-387-7889 or visit Friends of Horicon Marsh
Interested in hiking the trails at Horicon Marsh? There are five miles of trails at the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area that offer hiking through woodlots, planted prairies and onto the marsh. Trails are all of easy grade, and relatively flat but are unsurfaced. Surface material is mowed grass and gravel and is not readily accessible by wheelchair or stroller. The boardwalk however is accessible by wheelchair or stroller. Visit the Hiking Map[PDF] to find these locations.
Hunger Task Force Farm offers 3 miles of accessible hiking trails from 8am to 6pm, - 7 days a week through the Hidden Oaks Savanna woodlands surrounding the farmland, a publically owned restoration of land. The Hunger Task Force Farm is located at 9000 S. 68th Street, Franklin, WI 53132. For more information, visit the website or contact the farm at (414) 238-6477.
Mequon Nature Preserve located in Mequon, Wisconsin, is the bridge between urban Milwaukee and its nearby rural areas. The preserve provides an outdoor classroom to youth groups, K-12 students, technical colleges and universities. It is also free and open to the public for passive recreational use. Over five miles of accessible trails, open sunrise to sunset, can be enjoyed year round. Enjoy the wildlife and wildflowers which have begun to reinhabit this 400 acre preserve. The fully accessible PieperPower Education Center is open 8:30am -4:30pm Monday –Friday and for special events. The Mequon Nature Preserve is located at 8200 W. County Line Road, Mequon, WI 53097. For more information, Phone: (262) 242-8055, or Fax: (262) 242-8056.Riveredge Nature Center provides a 370-acre sanctuary with ten miles of trails around ponds and fens, through woodlands and prairies, and along the Milwaukee River.
The Urban Ecology Center is a neighborhood-based, environmental education, nonprofit organization with two community centers adjacent to Milwaukee County parks: Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211 or call 414.964.8505 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208 or call 414.344.5460 or send e-mail to: email@example.com Their “outdoor laboratories,” located in two urban parks, include 15 acres of wooded land and riparian habitat on the east bank of the Milwaukee River, an imaginative, habitat-themed playground, and a lagoon. Explore their website, or better yet, stop by for a visit. Programs that are accessible are noted on the website. Althought the facility is accessible, check ahead for trail conditions or program accessibility.
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