We'd love to have you join the team to help bring more unpaved, universally accessible, All Persons Trails to Massachusetts! We meet by Zoom to discuss advocacy, education, awareness, and strategy. If you're interested in joining us, send us an email. (UnpavedTrailsForAll at Gmail) All people (those with disabling conditions as well as allies) are welcome!
If you're not sure how you can help, below are a few examples:
Visit A Trail
There are two ways visiting a trail can help, you can be a trail scout or a trail tester.
Trail Scouts: walk trails near them and let us know if they'd be good candidates for accessible trails. You don't need to be an expert, anyone can collect basic (but very useful) information. Contact us and we'll help you get started.
Trail Testers: If you live with a disabling condition or limited mobility, become a trail tester. Trail testers visit trails and identify whether or not there are barriers. This is an important role that both identifies how existing trails can become more accessible, and makes sure newly built All Persons Trails are as accessible as they can be. If you're interesting in testing trails contact us.
Meet some fun people and help us educate people on this issue, and advocate for change. More trails will positively impact the lives of people who right now don't have adequate access to nature.
Create signs for your yard (or other people's yards) to boost awareness. You could even create larger public art pieces!
Help spread the word and gain more support. Write letters on behalf of the group to government agencies. Post on social media, reach out to traditional media outlets about this issue.
Share Your Story
If having universally accessible nature trails would benefit you, or has benefited you, your story can be a powerful testament for why we need more access to nature. Please consider sharing your story with us.
Help us connect to other groups that have a shared interest in creating more accessible nature spaces. The more voices we have the harder it is to continue to marginalize us.
If any of this sounds like something you can do, contact us to say that you'd like to help!
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