Outdoor Enrichment Program

blind snowboarderThe Carroll Center provides a number of services to the blind including operating the Outdoor Enrichment Program, which provides a variety of seasonal outdoor recreation activities to adults and children who are blind or visually impaired. Activities can range from half day local area activities to overnight weekend trips throughout the New England area. Each activity incorporates a partnership of a visually impaired participant with a sighted guide and uses existing community recreation facilities throughout the New England area.

Blind and visually-impaired persons of all levels of ability as well as sighted persons with an interest in sharing their love of outdoor activities, are welcome to participate. Activities include adaptive techniques for safe, enjoyable participation utilizing sighted persons as guides. A schedule of activities is available through the Outdoor Enrichment Newsletter, which can also be made available in large print or audio tape.

Activities typically include:

SailBlind

Matthew Chao works the tiller of his sailboat. Photo credit David L. Ryan/Boston Globe

SailBlind provides blind and visually impaired persons with an opportunity to learn the art and science of sailing. The Carroll Center is a pioneer in the competitive sport of Blind Sailing. Find out all about our Blind Sailing Program.

Skiing

Cross country and alpine skiing is provided with two-day weekend trips to New Hampshire. Two trips are scheduled annually.

Kayaking

Kayaking day trips are conducted at nearby rivers and bays.

Hiking

Hiking can include day hikes in the local parks combined with a leader from Massachusetts Audubon Society, Appalachian Mt. Club or nearby nature clubs. Hiking can also include two day backpacking trips to the White Mts. of New Hampshire and weekend day hikes on the beaches of Cape Cod during spring and fall.

Tandem Bicycling

The Carroll Center has tandem bikes which experienced riders may borrow.

Other activities

Rock climbing, snow shoeing, nature walks, camping, backpacking, Outward Bound©. These are among the many outdoor programs we offer as part of our services for the blind and visually impaired.

Cost

Blind participants are charged a nominal fee; Sighted guides participate free, while sharing their time and expertise.

Contact

For more information please contact Jill Suarez via email.

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