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Nature Links Online- Covid 19 Update

Hello All,

Nature Links is currently holding classes online, through the Skype application. We are doing a variety of fun and educational activities. So far we have done exercises, had cooking class, done a few art projects, learned about Nasa’s perspective on Covid-19 and explored a garden.

This week we will be connecting to our sister program in Maine! Join us for the learning and fun.

If you would like to join our classes please send us an email to

Nature Links Updates!

The End of 2019 really was very positive for Nature Links. We had our very first Winter Art Gala and Fundraiser. We raised nearly $5,000 thanks to the generosity of our community. Here are a few pics from the event!

Students made art and sold their art to our community! They were speaking to people about their work and what it meant to them. It was a huge learning experience for them, presenting their idea’s and work to the community.
Casey Zap of The Center for Subtropical Affairs got a great painting from the young artist featured here.

Nature Links Winter Gala 12/20 6-9pm!!!


On December 20, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm we will be hosting our first ever Art Gala and Fundraising Event at Shake A Leg Miami.
There will be food and drinks, games, live music, art, video and performances by Nature Links students, speakers from our community, a raffle with items donated from our community by places such as Kreative Gardens and more. 

We also will have members of our creative Miami community presenting information on what they do as well as hosting activations! We have Center for Subtropical Affairs, Dale Zine, The Department of Reflection, Mana Contemporary, Club Exile and more!
The evening will be fun and educational. Our students are very excited and proud to be a part of this event. It would help us very much if you could share this event with people you know and donate to our organization by purchasing a ticket and/or by choosing to donate at the event!


We are grateful to all of our partners who have helped us along the way including: The City of Miami, MDCPS, The Frost Science Museum, The Perez Art Museum, Shake a Leg, Vizcaya, The Center for Subtropical Affairs, Buenazas, UM Card Center, Parent to Parent, Push to Open, AOA, The City of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove BID, Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, Commissioner Ken Russel and The Honorable Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez.

New Fall Programing! Tuesday/Thursday Classes now offered.

Apply Here: ENROLL NOW

We are so happy to announce that we are offering new classes on Tuesday/Thursday this Fall at Shake a Leg Miami-

Expressive Earth: Art/Nature and Science: M-W-F 10am-3pm

Participants will learn Earth Sciences related to climate change. We will grow plants and learn about Florida Natives. We will be creating art related to these topics for an art show that will be presented to the public in December 2019.

Community Connections: Jobs, Cooking, Integrating: T-TH 10am-3pm

We will explore what our community has to offer regarding job/volunteer opportunities. On site training: water sports, maintenance and more. We will focus on independent life skills such as cooking and life management.

*Both sections will also include: field trips, music and movement, disability rights, socialization, reading and nutrition

Nature Links Summer News Update!

Hello Everyone! We are excited to be getting back to classes on Monday July 22, 2019! The Summer session will end on August 28, 2019 – Stay on the lookout for our Fall start date as well.

There is still space- Apply here now: Apply

“… Facilitate social connection; Foster creative expression in our students…”

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What Our Students LEARN!

Gardening, Arts and Creativity, Environmental Science, Job Readiness, Communication, and Nutrition. Through lessons in Urban Farming, Recreation and Sports, Performance, Videography, Music and Movement Therapy. 

Weekly class field trips into the outdoors and community volunteerism, inspire social engagement and encourages team building. While learning a new craft, or creating a short film on the page and unto the screen, cultivates creativity and explores ones expression.

What Our Students Look Forward To!

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The mission of Nature Links for Lifelong Learning is to equip young adults with intellectual disabilities, the skills they need to lead fulfilling, productive lives.

Through our programs, students build living skills, make friends, connections, and prepare for jobs or further professional training opportunities.

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We foster creative expression in our students and the broader population through art, music, recreation, dance, and videography.

While building an understanding and appreciation of the natural world in our students and the community.


We work to expand community sensitivity to intellectual disabilities through public involvement in our programs and interaction with our students as well as interfacing students with the community.

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We seek to offer job readiness and employment training and facilitate our students’ access to work opportunities, mentoring, volunteer training, internships, and service opportunities in parks, restaurants, plant nurseries, museums, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

We facilitate social connection and support for independent living among young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Increasing  parent/guardian and student knowledge of local opportunities, agencies, civil rights, and benefits available to them while assisting in providing long term life planning for young adults with disabilities.

We make all kinds of art forms, perform, and dabble in music! We take class field trips into the great outdoors! And have been preparing students for their very own public artistic exhibition, that will be curated and opened in September 2019.



Currently enrolled students interested in attending another session or program do not need to complete an application.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at or call (786) 505-4657



Enrollment is open for this program with classes beginning July 22 – August 28, M-W-F. 



The Last few weeks at The Center for Subtropical Affairs

We have been visiting the Center for Subtropical Affairs for a few weeks now. We would like to share a compiled video of a few of our visits. Featured in this video- we are getting acquainted with the Center, planting seeds, transplanting vegetable plants, and mixing the substrate to put into jars where students will be growing their own mushrooms! We will be posting more videos in the coming weeks and soon, student produced work. Thanks for All Your Support.