Calling All Nature-Loving Wheelchair Users!

By Giving List Staff   |   March 8, 2022
Founder of NatureTrack Sue Eisaguirre (left) with Brian, the biggest fan of the new “Trax” program. Here on the beach at Hendry’s. (Photo Credit: Rick Carter)

Explore Gaviota Beach Using Freedom Trax

On Sunday, March 13, from noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at Gaviota State Park to introduce those who use wheelchairs to the Freedom Trax devices at no cost!  Get up close to the waters’ edge, navigate the beach under your own control.

NatureTrack will have six Freedom Trax devices available for wheelchair users to use on a first-come, first-served basis. This apparatus can quickly and easily convert a manual wheelchair into a battery-powered, all-terrain vehicle allowing those users to  traverse beach sand and trails independently. We do ask for RSVPs so Trax are pre-set to fit participant’s wheelchairs.

There is no cost to use the Freedom Trax, courtesy of NatureTrack, which will also have two manual wheelchairs available for transfer should your wheelchair not fit on the device.  NatureTrack connecting people to nature, every day.

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March 13, 2022 from noon to 4pm at Gaviota State Park, about 33 miles west of Santa Barbara on the 101. Look for the pop-up banner once you’re in the parking lot and the NatureTrack vans.

RSVP: (805) 886-2047 or email sue@naturetrack.org

NatureTrack is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides outdoor docent-led field trips during the traditional school day for Santa Barbara County children at no cost to the schools or students, utilizing local trails and beaches throughout north and south county. They have expanded their program to include wheelchair users of any age and providing outdoor adventures from as far north as San Luis Obispo and south to Ventura County. NatureTrack’s mission is two-fold:  to encourage participants to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources, and prepare school-aged students with the attitudes, leadership skills, and habits for lifelong learning. Founded in 2011, more than 25,000 students have had a chance to experience a NatureTrack docent-led outdoor field trip.

The Coastal Conservancy is a California state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and to sustain local economies along California’s coast. It acts with others to protect and restore, and increase public access to, California’s coast, ocean, coastal watersheds, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Its vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coast for current and future generations of Californians.

 

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Matching Challenge

Through December 31, 2022, the first $5,000 donated will be matched thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Natalie Orfalea Foundation.

Nature for Everyone

Help NatureTrack continue our mission of making nature accessible to all!  NatureTrack’s ability to connect students – including wheelchair users and others with physical disabilities – to the natural world is directly linked to our ability to fund program costs and equipment which make that access possible. To continue providing more wheelchair users with Freedom Trax so they can participate in outdoor field trips, we need your help.

For the first ten years of our existence, students, teachers, and volunteers who use wheelchairs could not participate because most of our field trip locations were inaccessible to wheelchairs. Now, with your help, these students and teachers can join classmates and colleagues on our county’s beautiful beaches and trails, enjoying those same connections with nature.

In addition to students and teachers, volunteers who are wheelchair users or have other physical disabilities will also be able to participate and share their passion for the outdoors with local students.

Mission

NatureTrack is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to provide outdoor field trips for school-aged children at no cost to the schools or students.

www.naturetrack.org
(805) 886-2047
Executive Director: Sue Eisaguirre

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s director of development and/or Executive Director.

The miracle of a student experiencing the wonders of nature, often for the first time, is a life-changing gift that NatureTrack gives a child every time they hit the trail. We’ve repeatedly witnessed the delight and transformation that occur with students and that’s why we continue to support NatureTrack and its critical mission.
Lisa and Steve Palmer

Connecting to Nature Through Film

Held every year for the past four years, the NatureTrack Film Festival has become the organization’s go-to fundraising platform. The 2021 installment was a hybrid event with a one-day in-person festival followed by a two-week virtual format that featured 76 world-class nature films and participants from more than 20 countries. The festival, which offers multiple sponsorships, is a natural extension of NatureTrack’s mission to connect people to the natural world.

Key Supporters

Adams Legacy Foundation
Audacious Foundation and Jane and Paul Orfalea
B.P. Moser Trust
California Coastal Conservancy
Coastal Ranches Conservancy
Coastal Resources Enhancement Fund (CREF)
deLaski Family Foundation
Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation
Herbert and Gertrude Latkin Charitable Foundation
Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation
Henry and Lola Monroe Foundation
Hutton Parker Foundation
John S. Kiewit Memorial Foundation
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
Raintree Foundation
Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation
Towbes Foundation
UCSB Coastal Fund
UCSB CoVo