The Riverwood Conservancy’s Enabling Garden was created to people of all abilities the chance to engage with the wonders of the natural world in a safe and supportive environment.
The Enabling Garden’s therapeutic horticulture programs can be adapted for persons of all abilities. They provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to connect with nature, plant seeds, nurture vegetables and flowers, and learn about safe tool use, all within a safe and supportive environment. The Enabling Garden Specialist will customize the program prior to your arrival in order to align activities with your group’s specific needs.
We ask that all participants in the Enabling Garden Programs come prepared to:
– Respect wildlife, the environment and the park
– Leave nothing behind
– Ask questions
– Have fun
All Enabling Garden programs are hands-on and have a physical activity component. Participants should come prepared to be outside. Consideration needs to be given to footwear, appropriate dress, hats, sun and insect protection. Dress for the weather.
– Closed-toed sturdy shoes (no sandals, heels, or flip-flops)
– Long pants are recommended regardless of the weather
– Warm jacket (weather dependent)
– Raincoat or poncho (weather dependent)
– Hat, mittens/gloves and scarf are essential in cold weather
– Sun hat, sun glasses, sun screen and long sleeves in hot sunny weather.
– Rain boots (weather dependent)
– Water (can be refilled in the Enabling Garden)
Please indicate on your booking form if you would like snack time incorporated into your program. All snacks should be nut-free.
Due to the outdoor, physical activity and nature of our programs the following helps make a safer visit. If you have participants with asthma or other health matters, food or nut allergies, mobility issues, or any other special needs, please note this on your booking form. If medication, Asthma puffer or Epipen are required, please ensure that they accompany the participant on their visit.
The purpose of your field trip is to experience nature. Participants should not bring valuables, jewelry, iPods, cell phones, or any other electronic devices. Leave them at home where they are safe.
If for any reason you are running late, or if you have any last minute questions, you can reach us at 905-279-5878.
A staff member from The Riverwood Conservancy will greet your group at the bus drop-off circle adjacent to the main parking lot.
Due to the high demand for programs, a cancellation by your organization without rescheduling must be confirmed and communicated no later than one (1) month prior to the start of the scheduled program. A cancellation fee of 50% of the booked program fee will be charged if the cancellation occurs less than one (1) month prior to the start of the program. Cancellations must be confirmed in advance by the Enabling Garden Coordinator and confirmation will be issued in writing, either by email or fax.
When a program must be cancelled by The Riverwood Conservancy or your organization, on the date of your program, due to extreme weather conditions, we will attempt to re-schedule. If rescheduling is not possible, a full refund will be issued. Extreme weather includes, but is not limited to, heavy rains, high winds, snow storms and extreme temperatures. If the cancellation is due to the occurrence of a traumatic event at your organization, the cancellation fee may be waived at the discretion of The Riverwood Conservancy.
After you have selected your Enabling Garden program, book your group using the form below. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org about your tentative booking request. Reply to that email or call our office at 905-279-5878 to confirm your booking. Unconfirmed booking requests will be held for two (2) weeks. After that time, the requested dates will be released and made available to other groups for booking.