NatureTrack’s Award-winning Documentary is Now available on Vimeo for free

By Giving List Staff   |   January 18, 2023
Judith “Judy” Heumann, Disability Rights Activist, with a NatureTrack community member enjoying nature with the game changing Freedom Trax

In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is celebrated annually on December 3rd, NatureTrack Film Festival’s award-winning documentary The Accessible Outdoors, was released and is now available to the public, free on Vimeo. It’s the organization’s holiday gift to the community.  

NatureTrack program manager Abby Pickens, spending time at the beach with Christian.

You can watch it, share it, and watch it again. All at no charge. With a running time of 15 minutes, the short doc was directed by Mitchka Saberi and Francisco Lopez, and executive produced by NatureTrack’s founder Sue Eisaguirre. The documentary made the rounds to more than two-dozen festivals where it picked up several awards. 

The Accessible Outdoors highlights the importance of access to nature for people with disabilities and how important nature appreciation is in general. It features interviews with various disability activists and wheelchair users. It also shows the Freedom Trax device, the “game-changer” for wheelchair users who long to be close to nature. Sue asked NatureTrack’s development consultant to research a way to get steadfast docent Steve Schultz, a wheelchair user, safely on the beach or a trail under his own power was the spark for the film’s creation. Now NatureTrack has multiple devices and makes them readily available for free to anyone using a wheelchair. Families can reserve a Freedom Trax for beach outings, or in our parks where terrain can be uneven.  The devices are available to non-profits that are also promoting the value of nature in our lives.  

“This past year, NatureTrack Foundation has expanded its outdoor field trips to be accessible to wheelchair users, and we’ve met so many wonderful people along the way! Access to nature is a universal right, which includes our community members with disabilities. Getting out onto the beautiful trails and beaches in California should be accessible to everyone as part of their everyday life,” said Eisaguirre.  She was able to get ten devices thanks to private donors and grants from the County of Santa Barbara and the State of California’s ‘Route to the Parks’ push for more accessibility.  

NTFF’s holiday gift to you is at your fingertips now.  Share with the people in your life who use wheelchairs.

For more information about NatureTrack or to donate visit:

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. It has expanded the program to include wheelchair users of any age by 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 30,000 students have had a chance to experience a NatureTrack docent-led outdoor field trip.  



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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.

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NatureTrack aims to provide inclusion, access, and opportunities to individuals who may not have had the chance to experience outdoor activities that were once deemed ‘inaccessible.’ Thanks to the Freedom Trax device, people like myself can now explore beaches and walking trails and connect with nature. Additionally, I have become a volunteer docent for NatureTrack and can lead trips to give back to this incredible organization.
Don Chan, NatureTrack Volunteer Docent

Giving Everyone Access to Nature

Transportation is NatureTrack’s largest cost, and it keeps rising. Your donations help fund field trips and provide more Freedom Trax devices.

$7,500 covers a field trip for 100 students.

$6,500 buys a new Freedom Trax device.

Any donation amount is appreciated to support our mission. Field trips fill up fast each year, highlighting our need for more volunteers. Docents play a crucial role with a 5-to-1 student-to-docent ratio. Your contribution, whether financial or as a volunteer, has a meaningful impact. Please donate or volunteer today, or both!

Key Supporters

Audacious Foundation
Adams Legacy Foundation
Coastal Ranches Conservancy
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Hutton Parker Foundation
Mark and Dorothy Smith
Family Foundation
Natalie Orfalea Foundation
Towbes Foundation
Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
Santa Ynez Valley Youth Rec