about wilderness matters

Why it Matters

"As a species, we are most animated when our days and nights on Earth are touched by the natural world. We can find immeasurable joy in the birth of a child, a great work of art, or falling in love. But all of life is rooted in nature, and a separation from that wider world desensitizes and diminishes our bodies and spirits. Reconnecting to nature, nearby and far, opens new doors to health, creativity, and wonder."  Richard Louv

Wilderness Matters, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is founded on the principle that time spent out of doors in nature is essential to 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 committed to removing barriers to accessibility in an effort to ensure that all people can actively engage and experience the outdoors.  We partner with city, state, and local agencies, as well as private organizations, offering to enhance a specific location in order to ensure that people with disabilities can access and enjoy outdoor experiences.  We focus on public places such as recreation areas, parks, museums, camps, etc.

Wilderness Matters employs the concept of universal design in our projects, in order to better accommodate the needs of both the disabled and able-bodied populations.

While our primary focus is program access as defined under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, we strive to exceed ADA compliance. By applying the principles of universal design to our work, we endeavor to improve outdoor experiences for everyone.

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