Sooner or later most of us discover the therapeutic powers of connecting with the outdoors. Nature has an almost magical way of calming and sometimes even healing our mind and body—from a simple walk in the park, to facilities dedicated to using nature to manage the healthcare of children and young adults; with some of the most medically complex challenges. In spite of all the resources science has to offer, there’s no substitute for the many benefits that nature has to offer.
The Center for Discover, located about 90 miles north of New York City, is a special place that’s been using the powers of nature in their curriculum for over 60 years with amazing results. The Center provides an integrative, nature-based special education program to a total of 280 school age children. In addition, it provides clinical and health, residential and family support.
No matter where you live there is always a place to volunteer and help out your community. Joe takes us to 3 Circles Foundation about an hour drive outside of Atlanta. The 3 Circles Foundation is a non-profit foundation that caters to boys 12 years and older who come from foster care, broken homes, and single parent families. They have a program once a month that gives the boys a chance to get their hands in the dirt and have some awesome mentoring from the many volunteers that help out there.