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A Rich History in Therapeutic Recreation and Adventure Education

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  • Shortly after Touch of Nature was started, 1949, a therapeutic recreation program became part of the organization, which led to the first camp for individuals with disabilities in the nation, and ultimately paved the way for the Special Olympics. 

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  • In 1969, Underway Adventures, a new program that specialized in adventure education was started at Touch of Nature.  Underway Adventures was the first adventure education program outside of Outward Bound, and continues to be a flagship program in the region.

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  • Following in the footsteps of our founders, Veteran Adventures was created out of the need for a program that delivers alternative methods of mental health treatment for veterans. 
  • Professionals in the field are finding that the use of wilderness based adventure therapy is helping veterans re-find their purpose in life, increase their social functioning skills, and decrease anxiety and other PTSD symptoms (Duvall and Kaplan, 2014).

By promoting positive mental, physical, and social outcomes, Veteran Adventures is able to help veterans make the transition to civilian life.