Making Nature Accessible

Everyone should be able to enjoy natural places in the Pinelands. We want to help make sure there are many accessible places for people with disabilities.


Watch the replay of our virtual Town Hall to discuss the challenges faced by people identifying as disabled when accessing the outdoors.  Speakers included Michael Brower, an expert with Disability Rights New Jersey who shared information on the rights of people with disabilities and Eric Husta, Atlantic County’s Parks Director, who discussed the county’s approach to making parks like their Estell Manor County Park more accessible.

The heart of the Town Hall is a listening session and open discussion of challenges that people with disabilities face in getting into nature and sharing of ideas about how to improve access to natural places.

Nature Accessibility Town Hall April 6th

Share your thoughts with us about the Town Hall and about the barriers you or the ones you love face when accessing parks and forests in New Jersey. Your feedback will improve future town hall listening sessions and will provide valuable information as we create an online mobile-friendly tool with information about existing facilities and opportunities.  We will identify the improvements and new facilities that are needed and propose specific new projects in underserved communities. 

This is the first of three virtual Town Halls that Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Disability Rights New Jersey and Hopeworks are holding to learn how we can improve access to nature for people with disabilities, and form an ongoing coalition of people dedicated to achieving this goal.

This Town Hall is part of the Pinelands Is for Everyone initiative of Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Disability Rights New Jersey, and Hopeworks

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This initiative was funded by an Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant from the Division of Disability Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services.

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