After eight months of delivering at-home nature kits to our SPARK! participants, we are thrilled to announce the transition to small group on-site programming starting in June!
Programs will be offered monthly at no cost to participants and will be designed for people experiencing early to midstage cognitive changes, brain trauma and memory challenges and their care partners. Sessions will focus on a different nature-related topic each month and will provide rich indoor and outdoor experiences that celebrate the beauty and wonder of the natural world. When weather permits, we will include a short outdoor component, utilizing our close by accessible viewing deck, boardwalk, and brand-new redesigned pier. Classroom sensory activities, visits with live animals, and nature crafts will stimulate conversations and engagement. These experiences can have a significant impact on quality of life for memory care patients, especially in the areas of alertness, verbal functioning, and depression. They will also provide family and care partners with a rejuvenating experience in nature that encourages bonding and provides respite.
Our staff at Wehr and a select group of volunteers have been trained from a Milwaukee Public Museum specialist and the program manager from the Alzheimer’s Association. The WNC has also recently upgraded an accessible family restroom with an adult changing table. The WNC setting with accessible trails, boardwalks, pier and observation decks for mobility makes us a unique place to ensure that there is a safe place for everyone in all seasons.
We are looking for additional participants and their care partners to enroll in our program. If you are interested in learning more about our SPARK! program, please contact SPARK! Coordinator, Emily Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Spark! has given my dad and I a new way to connect with each that allows me to share my passion for the natural world. Our smiles and conversations as we engage with the materials bring both of us joy."
SPARK! Photo Collages
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Thanks to a grant from the Bader Philanthropies, Wehr started its pilot SPARK! program for adults with memory loss and their care partner.
Are you a caregiver of a loved one at home showing signs of memory loss or do you know of someone that is? We would like to hear from you for enrollment in our exciting new program! Optional drop off home kits for caregiver and participant will be available to learn and experience ‘Nature in a Box’ during COVID times. Very small outdoor programs at the Nature Center when we can!