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Autism and Outdoor Education

Hello - I'm wondering what outdoor and environmental education programs are out there that are designed for people with autism. I lead outdoor ed. programs for teens and adults with autism at my nature center and I'd love to connect with others who are doing something similar. Alternatively, if you know of programs like this, but aren't directly involved, I'd love to learn about those as well. Thanks!

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Hello I work a lot with children on the spectrum. We accept ESA (empowerment scholarship) which currently helps families of children with special needs pay for programs and services. So we get a lot of children with special needs like autism, dyslexia, ADD, sensory issues, etc.

I've worked with quite a few cool programs over the years in Minnesota/Wisconsin that you should check out. Let me know if you want to connect as well :)

True Friends Partners with Autism Society of Minnesota for summer camps: https://ausm.org/camps/discovery/

Throughout Tree Rivers Park District there are some cool things happening: https://www.threeriversparks.org/page/accessibility or https://www.threeriversparks.org/podcast episode 83.

And then Sky's the limit summer camp at UW-Madison: https://ccr.nelson.wisc.edu/the-skys-the-limit-stem-camp/