Outdoor Access

The following are some esteemed organizations dedicated to providing access and equity to the great outdoors:


Disability-focused Organizations:

Adaptive Sports Center
Promotes and provides outdoor adventure opportunities for individuals with disabilities, their friends, and families from their base in Crested Butte, CO.

Alliance of People with disAbilities
Dedicated to supporting people with disabilities in becoming as independent as possible, in accordance with their own choices and desires.

Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS)
Strives to make all aspects of sailing accessible to disabled sailors.

Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP)
BORP is headquartered in Berkeley, California and is the leading provider and promoter of accessible sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Covers medical information, like symptoms and treatment, as well as daily living topics, including counseling, abuse, college/careers, bullying and more for people with cerebral palsy.

Crip Camp 
Crip Camp is a groundbreaking documentary about a summer camp in the 1970s that galvanized a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality. The Crip Camp impact campaign has established an emergency relief fund for disabled creatives and activists. The fund will ensure that activists, storytellers and cultural influencers of the future can continue the vital work that Crip Camp champions.

Guide Dogs for the Blind
Provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff.

Healing Waters
Offers incredibly fun and supportive wilderness adventures to people with living with HIV and AIDS.

Publishes guides offering financial advice, including Scholarships Guide for Students with Disabilities.

Move United Sport
Established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured, DSUSA offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent physical disability.

National Ability Center 
Committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment.

National Center on Accessibility 
NCA is an organization committed to the full participation in parks, recreation, and tourism by people with disabilities.

National Council on Disability 
Promotes policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities and empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion into all aspects of society.

National Organization on Disability 
Promotes the full and equal participation of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association 
Improves care, produces results in research, and addresses everyday living issues that confront all people who use wheelchairs.

National Sports Center for the Disabled 
This innovative nonprofit organization provides recreation for children and adults with disabilities.

No Barriers 
Provides transformative experiences, tools and inspiration to help people embark on a quest to contribute their absolute best to the world.

No Limits 
Mark Wellman’s Truckee based organization. Mark is a nationally recognized and respected motivational speaker.

Tapooz Travel
Makes the world accessible to travelers of all abilities and their families and friends.

This organization  is concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities.

Created in 2006, wheetchairtraveling.com was the first online community for accessible travel with over 5,000 resources and hundreds of writers around the globe. Find guides and tips on accommodations, activites, attractions, tours, transportation and more. Come and explore your world!

Wilderness Inquiry 
Focuses on getting people from all walks of life to personally experience the natural world.

Youth-focused Organizations:

City Surf 
Ensuring equitable action to the ocean and surfing.

Girl Ventures 
Inspires girls to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery and collective adventure.

Marin Science Institute 
Provides Bay Area students with engaging and interactive hands-on adventures with San Francisco Bay Area marine life.

Latino Outdoors 
Engaging Latino communities in the outdoors and embracing cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative.

Outdoor Afro 
Connecting thousands of  people to outdoor experiences, to celebrate and inspire Black connections and leadership in nature.

Outdoor Educators Institute 
Providing quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau, to inspire care of wild places, and renew the human spirit.

Pie Ranch 
Cultivating a healthy and just food systems from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.

Real Options for City Kids (ROCK) 
Nurturing the healthy development of children by listening attentively to their needs and by providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access.

Summer Search
A high-impact program that gives low-income students the opportunities and support they need to transform their lives, achieve their own potential, and create change as role models and everyday leaders.

YES! Nature to Neighborhoods 
Nurturing leaders among Richmond youth, adults, and whole families through year-round training, strong mentorship, and profound experiences in nature.

Justice Outside 
Working for all youth to have equitable access to the positive benefits of meaningful outdoor experiences and the opportunity to be champions of our planet.