The mission of Nature Links to equip young adults with intellectual disabilities with the skills they need to lead fulfilling, productive lives. We do this through continuing education programs that build our students’ independent living skills and job readiness. Our nature-based curriculum teaches practical skills, builds community and connection, and empowers our students as models of stewardship in their communities.
In Urban Explorers, young adults (18-30) with middle-range intellectual disabilities learn empowering life and job readiness skills necessary to survive and thrive in the urban setting. We develop connections and rootedness in the community. From our home base at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science students learn about local ecosystems, organic gardening, healthy lifestyles, and how to navigate public transportation - while visiting parks, museums, and other public places in Miami-Dade.
To express themselves and build communication skills they also work on projects with local artists and share their knowledge by creating an educational videoblog series on a YouTube channel.
Students in our Culinary Foundations program, located at Coral Gables Congregational Church develop culinary and food service skills by working with our chefs in class and preparing and serving food for a Community Dinner every Wednesday night. Students also grow our organic garden and learn about fresh, healthy ingredients.
Environmental Teamwork & Wildlife Education
This collaborative program builds students' work skills, healthy habits, and interpersonal skills. Students practice gardening and habitat restoration, engage with wildlife on regular trips to ZooMiami, create videos for our YouTube channel, and travel to parks and other locations in South Dade County.
Dr. Gregory Bush
Community Programs Director
Development and Grants
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.