Making Nature Accessible

Share your thoughts on how natural areas can be more accessible for people with disabilities.


Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) is working with Disability Rights New Jersey and Hopeworks of Camden to improve access to nature sites around the Pinelands for people with disabilities.  We need your help to learn what is needed and what will work!

We have held virtual Town Halls to learn how we can best help increase the options for people with disabilities and to begin forming an ongoing coalition of people dedicated to achieving this goal. Watch the replay of both town halls here.

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TOWN HALL September 14, 2021

This Town Hall features a video highlighting the real experiences faced by people with limited mobility and their caregivers when visiting a nature preserve in the Pinelands in July. It was followed by an open discussion with participants.

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Town Hall from April 6, 2021

Watch the replay!  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. Hear from people who identify as disabled and their caregivers as they speak about their experiences in the outdoors.

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 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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