Access to Nature: NatureTrack’s Transformative Mission

By Giving List Staff   |   November 17, 2023
NatureTrack provides the Freedom Trax device for wheelchair users to traverse trails and reach the summit independently. It allows them to experience something they long for but is often taken for granted by non-disabled individuals.

In 2011, Sue Eisaguirre initiated a mission to bridge the gap between students and nature, ultimately founding NatureTrack, a thriving nonprofit organization. NatureTrack, predominantly run by volunteers, annually leads over 5,000 students, guided by 80 docents, to explore 20 diverse natural locations. Their objective is to revolutionize nature education, shifting from classroom theory to outdoor immersion, igniting curiosity, and fostering a lifelong bond with the environment.

NatureTrack field trips empower students to explore and connect with nature. Guided by knowledgeable docents, they observe, question, and identify plants and animals with lasting educational impact; as one teacher attests, “The students gained more in a day than a week in class.”

Eisaguirre firmly believes that understanding and appreciating nature is vital for its preservation. NatureTrack meticulously designs field trips that align with students’ curricula, turning outdoor learning into dynamic, interactive experiences. The knowledge gained in the wild becomes a foundation for classroom studies.

Crucially, NatureTrack eliminates barriers to access by offering free field trips and covering transportation costs. Nearly 70% of its beneficiaries come from lower- to middle-income families. They have expanded accessibility with the introduction of Freedom Trax, enabling wheelchair users to explore nature. This innovation extends to seniors and the wider community, offering life-changing experiences.

NatureTrack’s impact transcends boundaries. It encompasses education, environmental stewardship, health, equity, and the arts. The NatureTrack Film Festival, now in its 5th year, strengthens the connection between people and nature while supporting broader goals.

In Eisaguirre’s words, “The benefits of being in nature really are boundless.” NatureTrack is a testament to the transformative power of equitable access to the natural world. Through their commitment to education, environmental stewardship, and inclusivity, they inspire and connect generations to the wonders of our natural world.



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Founder & Executive Director: Sue Eisaguirre


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