ConnectByNature Therapy & Learning Services
Nature & Equine Assisted
Social- Emotional Learning Programs
*Serving children, youth & families
across the Niagara Region.
'In the spirit of nature everything is connected.'
To inspire life-long learning and contribute to the health and wellbeing of children and youth through nature and equine- assisted therapies and social-emotional learning programs with excellence in quality, service delivery, and innovation.
Programs & Services
Meet the Herd
Location: All nature and equine- assisted therapies and learning programs take place outside, all seasons, on a two-acre hobby farm in Pelham, Ontario situated on the Niagara peninsula.
Please note: In person services continue to be offered outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic with appropriate risk management practices in place.
Phone: 289-778-0642 (Business)
PhD, MSc.OT, Reg. (Ont.), M.A
Registered Occupational Therapist/
Tara Darling M Ed., B Ed.
Certified Forest & Nature Practitioner
Copyright March 2021 by Nancy Rushford/
Connect by Nature Health & Learning Services.
We take therapy and learning outside beyond the confines of clinics and classrooms to
help children and youth develop skills for life. Drawing upon nature's intelligence and interactions with wildlife and horses, we transform challenging emotions, life stressors and learning difficulties into confidence, courage, and resilience. By cultivating connections and relationships with horses and nature children and youth develop greater self awareness, become better attuned to the environment around them, and expand their circles of belonging.
Who We Serve
Children and youth (ages 4- 24) of all abilities who may be experiencing one or more of the following :
Anxiety and depression
Stress & worry
Grief, trauma and loss
Attention Deficits (ADHD)
Difficulties with emotional regulation
Learning difficulties/ problems at school
Low self esteem
Poor social skills