Access Nature: Inclusion in the Outdoors


Access Nature: Inclusion in the Outdoors

A person in grey shirt and black pants pushing person in pink jacket and blue cap in wheelchair outdoors along path between trees and shrubs

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 2:00–3:00 PM ET - RECORDED

How do we create spaces in nature that are truly welcoming for disabled people? What does accessibility actually mean and how do we implement it? Loren Penman and Syren Nagakyrie share about the ways they are creating accessible, inclusive spaces in nature and how you can do the same.

All eeWEBINARS are live captioned.


Syren Nagakyrie, Founder of Disabled Hikers

Syren Nagakyrie (they/them) is the founder of Disabled Hikers, an organization building disability community and justice in the outdoors. Called "one of the most powerful voices for the disability community in the outdoors," Syren is a multiply-disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent person with a passion for nature and creating spaces that offer a sense of belonging. Learn more about Syren's work at and follow @DisabledHikers on social media.

Loren Penman, Co-Creator of The Autism Nature Trail

Loren Penman is a native of Stamford, Connecticut but has called western New York her home since 1976. She spent four decades as a teacher and administrator in public schools and led one of the first Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) high schools in New York State. Loren has been an ESL Credit Union Centennial Award winner and a Rochester Athena Award nominee for her extensive volunteer work.  She may be best known as one of The ANT Aunts, a title given to the three retired women who created The Autism Nature Trail (The ANT) at Letchworth State Park.

eeINSPIRE: Sparking Innovation in Environmental Education

We are pleased to continue eeINSPIRE, NAAEE's webinar series presented in partnership with the US Forest Service. This series is designed to bring new ideas and thinking to USFS conservation educators, but is open to all who want to sign up! 


Upcoming eeINSPIRE Webinars

Future topics will include: increasing civic engagement through education and service-learning, becoming a natural and effective storyteller, citizen science in education, building a diverse and inclusive field, and more. 

We look forward to seeing you online, and stay tuned for updates on upcoming webinars in the series!