Why Accessible Nature Matters

Why Accessible Nature Matters

Being outdoors and getting physical exercise is important for health and well being. Access to the outdoors and nature is important to the health and education of all individuals regardless of age, location or physical capabilities. 

Braille trails and sensory gardens offer sustainable and accessible ways to safely experience the outdoors and provide opportunities to interact with nature. Tactile additions such as Braille signs, guide ropes and path markers allow the visually impaired to enjoy trails and gardens without assistance, and accessible pathways remove barriers to mobility regularly experienced by those with disabilities. 

Nature experiences are also extremely important to education, especially in the fields of science. All students should have an opportunity to explore nature to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Understanding nature and its importance to people and communities around the globe increases awareness of the need to conserve natural areas of our planet and work together to reduce the effects of climate change. These trails and gardens increase public understanding of the need to develop increased opportunities for the visually impaired and others who are physically disabled and to create inclusive communities with sustainable outdoor areas and developments that benefit everyone.