Inclusive environmental & outdoor activities for all ages
Calling all nature and adventure-loving families! Nature Freedom is a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation for people with disabilities and mental health conditions to find their meaningful access and participation to nature and outdoor activities.
Who is Nature Freedom?
Nature Freedom aims to ensure that young people with disabilities have an opportunity to experience the activities that other young people experience. Young people with disabilities deserve the opportunity to be included in activities and interact with nature.
Nature Freedom uses an inclusive and accessible natural environment to create a platform for social inclusion. Social connection is important for young people with disabilities and mental health issues to experience. It gives them the chance to explore passions and shared common interests among others.
Nature Freedom focuses on natural environments to maximise environmental awareness and the benefits of protecting the natural environment. This gives participants, from all walks of life, a sense of purpose and inclusiveness. It stirs their passions to help save the natural environment from destruction.
Inclusive School Holiday Programs – September 2023
Logan City Council’s KRANK program – September 2023
Nature Freedom is a proud provider for both the Logan City Council’s KRANK school holidays and Live Well Logan Programs for the residents of Logan City Council.
Wednesday 20th September – Nature Journaling – 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Logan North Library
Cost = $2 per person.
Moreton Bay Region’s Active Holidays Program
Nature Freedom is a proud provider for Healthy and Active Moreton’s Active Holidays Program.
Tuesday 19th September – Scavenger Hunt & Bushwalking – 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Kumbartcho Sanctuary
Thursday 21st September – Nature Journaling – 1:30pm to 3:30pm – Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre
Cost = $5 per person.
Brisbane City Council’s Active & Healthy Program
Nature Freedom is a proud provider for Brisbane City Council’s Active & Healthy Program.
Tuesday 19th September – Nature Card Making – 9:30am to 11:30am – Boondall Wetlands Environmental Centre
Wednesday 20th September – Green Thumbs, Growing Your Own Food – 9:30am to 11:30am – Karawatha Forest
Thursday 21st September – Nature Journaling – 9:30am to 11:30am – Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
Cost = $6 per person.
To book in for any of Nature Freedom’s school holiday programs above, please visit the Nature freedom website.
The history of Nature Freedom
Nature Freedom was founded by a young adult named Mathew Townsend. Mathew was excluded from many adventure activities through his school and university years due to his own disabilities. He felt socially isolated, anxious, and depressed for not being able to achieve and maintain his passions about protecting the environment and enjoying nature.
Disability prejudice is a huge issue for many people with disabilities. Trying to find purpose in their lives, making friendships and relationships, and finding employment opportunities is a day-to-day struggle. Mathew was lucky enough to find his passion for creating citizen science projects especially weed weaving, as well as going on adventures such as canoeing, hiking, camping, and swimming.
In the outdoor sector, he found that the lack of opportunity for inclusive and accessible activities is an issue, therefore, people with disabilities and mental health issues don’t get the chance to explore nature through recreational activity. Nature Freedom tries to minimise the barriers from those accessing the outdoor activities. They provide support services with co-designed elements that enable all participants to have the same shared experiences.