An Accessible Treehouse Classroom will allow the nonprofit organization to fulfill its goal of being inclusive and ensuring that all visitors have a positive experience.
“A motto or catchphrase often used by staff is ‘we are not just about birds, we are also about people’, said Gail Laux, Executive Director of the Sanctuary.” The staff recognizes that their interaction with people and how they make them feel is what defines the Sanctuary. Everyone is treated with compassion and respect.”
Laux explained the current limitations of the Sanctuary when it comes to accessibility and why this treehouse classroom is so necessary.
“We currently are limited in our ability to provide multi-handicapped classes with the full field trip experience due to accessibility of trails,” she said. “Staff, the Board of Directors and friends of OBS spent time examining how to improve our field trip experience and accessibility and chose a treehouse for teaching that is easily accessed by wheelchairs. Creating a treetop learning place connects all visitors with forest adventures and unique opportunities and aligns with our mission and core values.”
Founded in 1988, the Sanctuary provides three primary services: professional care for injured and displaced native birds, educational programs, and operation of a nature preserve and accessible living museum that was thoughtfully designed for accessibility.
Ohio Bird Sanctuary staff are recognized as leaders in the field, and the rehabilitation facilities are utilized as benchmarks for standard of care by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
OBS is home to over 70 birds that cannot survive in the wild due to injury or other circumstances. These avian ambassadors are on display in large enclosures, and they provide up-close experiences for the visitors of the Sanctuary.
Nature enthusiasts travel from neighboring states to explore the trails system and to observe bird species, rare plants and invertebrates. The trails, bird displays, and new Naturescape play area are utilized by families, day care providers, assisted living centers, and visiting groups.
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary works hard to ensure everyone gets a chance to spend time outside and explore nature. Adding a treehouse creates a teaching space that is accessible to everyone, including those with physical challenges. The treehouse helps families and friends of people with disabilities participate in outdoor exploration together – a rare opportunity!
To help the Ohio Bird Sanctuary build the inclusive treehouse space or to support the daily care of the birds donate today.