Mi'Kmaq Artist Loretta Gould

'In the spirit of nature everything is connected.'

Our Vision
To promote social- emotional health and wellbeing for a resilient future, with children
and nature in mind.


Girl with Horse

All nature and equine- assisted therapies and learning opportunities take place outside, all seasons, on a hobby farm and forest situated on the Niagara peninsula in Pelham, Ontario.


CByN Hobby Farm

Painted Leaves 2

ConnectByNature is located on land which is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg peoples. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement. Today this land is home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples. We are reminded that our great standard of living here in Pelham, Ontario is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people. 

General Inquiries:
Email: info@connectbynature.ca
or contact:
Nancy Rushford

Phone: 905-630-1909

Our Approach

We draw upon nature's intelligence and interactions with wildlife and equines to build resilience and promote social- emotional health and wellbeing. By cultivating  connections and relationships with nature and equines children and youth become more self aware, better attuned to others and the environment around them, and expand their circles of belonging.

Who We Serve

Children, youth and families affected by a range of issues impacting upon their social-emotional health and wellbeing including:


  • Anxiety and Stress

  • Grief, Trauma and Loss

  • Depression

  • Divorce and Separation

  • Attention Deficits and Learning Disabilities

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Sensory Processing Issues

  • Problems with Emotional Regulation