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Nature Links Announces Partnership with Center for Subtropical Affairs

What an amazing first day at @centerforsubtropicalaffairs! We toured the Center and planted moringa, pigeon peas and pride of Barbados flowers. We can’t wait to return and practice environmental stewardship through the integration of persons with developmental delays into our community. #autism#developmentaldisabilities#disabilityawarenessmiami

We will be going to the Center on a weekly basis to learn about Ecology, Urban Farming, Landscape Design related to our South Florida Environment. As we progress we will learn about their Farmers Market Program and transitioning students into volunteer/work opportunities at Center.


Pamm “Art To Go” Program and Visiting Artists

We are happy and grateful to say we have had the opportunity to work with some wonderfully talented and generous guest artists, so far this fall session!

Kerry Keeler and guest artist Neri Garcia Farraz from Pérez Art Museum Miami were able to visit us at Shake A Leg Miami through their community outreach program Art-2-Go . They taught our students about elements of art such as line, form, and color. They guided the class in creating a group art project they pieced together like a puzzle, which became the final piece.

Guest artist Natasha Teresa Velez came in to work with us on different ways we can use materials, such as shaped brushes and salt, to create watercolor pieces.

Thank you very much Natasha, Kerry, and Neri! Your support and guidance allowed everyone to display their incredible creativity and individuality.

The works created during these workshop’s will be part of a forthcoming art show presented by the students of Nature Links and members of the local Miami art community.

We look forward to continuing to work with Perez Art Museum Miami in the future. Thank You again for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students.

A Summary of our Spring Session “Climate Change Awareness”

     Nature Links for Lifelong Learning has moved our operations to Shake A Leg Miami this year, 2018. We have been welcomed by staff and administration which has made the transition to our new home easy and pleasant.

     We have had two sessions of the “Climate Change Awareness Program” since starting at Shake a Leg back in March of this year. Our participants learned about Climate Change issues such as: Sea Level Rise, Environmental Justice, Pollution, Ocean Acidification and more. We had a special focus on social/independent life skills with Allie  Klionsky our assistant teacher and worked one on one with some students to achieve goals of employment. Participants also received daily exercise and creative movement lessons from lead teacher Jenna Balfe. We also went on several field trips, one of them to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, thanks to the hard work and support of Citizens for a Better South Florida which made it possible 🙂





     We worked on making short news stories for our “Nature News” series which we will be working on more in our Summer session. These shorts will eventually be posted on our website and potentially beyond. We also made art related to the different issues that we covered










     We applied to the Public Space Challenge as a class, our proposal was titled: “ Nature Links Presents: Getting to Know Each Other”.


     Our proposal was that every month at a different park, we would host a social/informative event for young adults with developmental delays. Our class came up with the idea, that had the goal of providing transportation to natural area’s for this population that generally has issues getting to such places. Participants also wanted the event to highlight successful members of their community and create a safe social space to meet new people. While we did not get to the finals round, the class did become motivated towards finding means to work together as a group to get their voices and needs out into the community.

     We enjoyed many water sports activities provided by Shake a Leg including a guided tour of the history of the Bay by Karis Starkes! We ended the tour by having our end of the session party on Eco Island. It was a very informative and fun tour which our participants were very happy about.





     So far our time at Shake A Leg has been very positive, educational and inspiring. We look forward to what’s ahead for this partnership. Thank You Shake A Leg!





Last Day of Spring Session!

We had a great last day of our Spring session at Shake A Leg. We took a trip out to Eco Island and had our class party there. We learned about the history of the channels and the spoil islands in Biscayne Bay.

Public Space Challenge!

Hello All,

Our class has come up with a proposal for the public space challenge 2018! Help us out by liking and commenting on our proposal.

Vote for us here: Click on me! Every vote counts. Just click on the heart icon and like our proposal. You can also read a summary of our proposal at the above link.



Our Former Students Working at Frost!

We are so proud of our former students who have taken what they learned from our program out into the world. Through a unique partnership with Frost Science Museum, Nature Links has been able to place two of our students into volunteer/job positions.

We are continuing our Partnership with Frost and will continue to work with them on creating an inclusive museum experience for all people.

Sign up for our Spring Session! Starting March 19, 2018! Positions are limited, so don’t wait.