Universally Designed Outdoor Learning Experiences

Photo: NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 9:30-3:30

Wallace Center, FDR Home &
Presidential Library, 
Hyde Park


Explore ways to give all students–regardless of physical or cognitive challenges–access to historic sites, parks, and museums with Kathy Ambrosini. As education director at the Mohonk Preserve, Kathy provides innovative education programs to thousands of students each year. She also created the Preserve’s NatureAccess® program for students with disabilities.

NatureAccess® has become a model for training professionals at parks, nature centers, and government agencies nationwide. Many of Mohonk’s programs are universally designed, and this workshop will guide you through the process Kathy and her staff use to accommodate a wide variety of abilities and learning styles. (Read more on Universal Design.)


Since 1992, Kathy has administered an array of programs including an award-winning seven-year school field study program, a summer camp series, and year-round adult and family programs.

She is also the author of Making Outdoor Programs Accessible, a 62-page “how to” manual with strategies from the NatureAccess® program and tools for creating programs that involve diverse audiences.

In 1996, Mohonk received the Accessibility Award from the Association of Independent Living Centers of NYS. In 2006 the Resource Center for Accessible Living  recognized Kathy with its Beyond the Letter of the Law Award and in 2010 the NYS Inclusive Recreation Resource Center named her an Inclusivity Hero.


A $25 registration fee includes morning coffee and lunch. Certificates of attendance will be provided on request. Get directions or register now. For additional information e-mail us or phone Debi Duke, 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, or Kathy Ambrosini, 845-255-0919, ext. 1233.

Read more

Kathy’s THV blog post, Accessible Outdoors: Kids with Social, Emotional, and Physical Disabilities Go Outside! Martha Schultz teaches Dutchess County students 15 to 21 with multiple disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Her class is highly individualized and provides academics, perceptual motor training, self-help skills, and vocational activities. Read her post, Everyone Can Go Outdoors!

Access for All agenda 

9:30  Welcome; Using Best Practices: Universal Design for Outdoor Learning

10:00 Taking the Classroom Outdoors

11:00 Unlocking Learning Potential

12:15 Lunch Break

1:15 Inclusion through Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

1:45 Examples of Hudson Valley UDL lessons for outdoor experiences; Planning your lessons with UDL templates

3:00 What You Need to Know: Planning a UDL Field Experience

3:30 Closing                                                                                         Register now