Experiencing nature is important for human development and it is our belief that all people have the right to actively engage with the out of doors.

Wilderness Matters, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is founded on the principle that time spent out of doors in nature is an essential part of a meaningful life and directly enhances our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  Both science and experience have proven this.  We believe that providing universal accessibility to public nature parks, wildlife areas, trails, and other outdoor venues is, not only the right thing to do, but necessary to enhance the lives of the nearly 20% of our population who have some type of disability.

Wilderness Matters is grateful to its co-founders, Jack McMahan and Peter Hoffman, for their vision and hard work making possible this universally accessible development at Martin Park Nature Center and appreciates the support of our generous partners and donors who have made our current project possible at Martin Park Nature Center.  We thank the City of Oklahoma City, INTEGRIS Health, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital, the U. S. Recreational Trails Program Grant, Anonymous, Inasmuch Foundation, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Cresap Family Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Friends of Martin Park Nature Center, Landscape Architect Mike Sottong PLA, PLLC, and many other supporters.


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Martin Nature Park

Our current project at Martin Park Nature Center involves improving accessibility to this Oklahoma City Park for people with disabilities by creating an accessible trail complete with technological advances that allow all visitors to enjoy sights and sounds of the Park.  Importantly, we accomplish this mission while preserving its unique ecological features.  With these new improvements, the Park has the promise of becoming an important regional landmark, one that will enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.  Our project also complements the Oklahoma City MAPS initiative. Read More »