Innovative Therapy

Hippotherapy: Takes place in a controlled setting, using activities on and with the horse to provide sensory input that elicits adaptive responses from the patient.

Horticulture therapy: Uses an appreciation of nature and gardening in a therapy session.

Animal-assisted therapy: Utilizes animals as part of a therapy session to accelerate progress and promote the human-animal bond.

 

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Rice Lake Community Health Foundation awards matching funds grant for patient scholarships to Nature’s Edge

IMG_0506Nature’s Edge Therapy Center has been awarded a $20,000 matching grant from the Rice Lake Community Health Foundation (RLCHF), designated for patient scholarships for therapy sessions.  Each eligible patient may receive up to 12 treatment sessions funded by the RLCHF grant.  The Foundation will disburse grant funding to Nature’s Edge for scholarship distribution as it is matched by contributions designated for Nature’s Edge.  Donors are invited to contribute to the Nature’s Edge match.

The RLCHF grant award provides an exceptional opportunity for patients with financial need to receive therapy at Nature’s Edge.  At Nature’s Edge, therapists focus on the development of skills necessary for each patient to achieve the highest possible level of independence and integration into school, family and society.  Incorporating the natural setting, therapy animals and especially horses into treatment motivates and accelerates progress.  Through the generosity and partnership of RLCHF and Nature’s Edge donors, this scholarship opportunity is available for patients.

Contribute to this match! Your gift will be matched at 150% . . .
Please consider making a donation to match the $20,000 grant.  Through the generosity of the Foundation, the entire $20,000 scholarship package comes to Nature’s Edge to assist patients for only $13,333 of contributions to be raised, because RLCHF has agreed to match $1.50 for every dollar designated to Nature’s Edge.  Every dollar that you contribute becomes $2.50 for someone waiting for therapy.  Write out your contribution to RLCHF (Rice Lake Community Health Foundation) and indicate “Nature’s Edge” on the memo line for patients to receive scholarships.  Checks can be mailed to Nature’s Edge, 2523 14 3/4 Ave., Rice Lake, WI  54868.  Your generosity places scholarships into the hands of patients who need them at Nature’s Edge.

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At Nature’s Edge, licensed and certified therapists combine conventional treatment methods with innovative techniques such as hippotherapy (the horse as a treatment tool), animal-assisted therapy and horticulture therapy.  Treatment is provided on the Nature’s Edge 65-acre ranch, a natural setting that includes forest, field, river and hills and is home to 26 therapy animals available for inclusion in treatment sessions.  Therapists at Nature’s Edge treat a wide spectrum of disabilities while specializing in the treatment of autism, brain injury and cerebral palsy.

RLCHF Awards NETC Matching Grant

We are honored to announce that the Rice Lake Community Health Foundation (RLCHF) has generously awarded Nature’s Edge a matching grant of $20,000 designated to patient scholarships. This matching grant has the potential to benefit at least 11 patients with 12 therapy sessions each at no cost. The award of the $20,000 matching grant is a huge leap of progress, but it is “Step One” in a two-step process. In order to secure $20,000 of scholarships for our patients, Nature’s Edge donors must contribute matching funds. However, the match for every donation is better than dollar-for-dollar! RLCHF is offering to match every $1 contributed by our donors with $1.50 of scholarship funds. To bring home the entire $20,000 scholarship package, Nature’s Edge Therapy Center must raise $13,333. RLCHF is prepared to begin distribution of matching funds as of September 15, 2017. My special request to you is to respond as generously and quickly as possible with a donation so that we can begin to distribute scholarships to our patients right after Sept. 15! 

Community invited to Nature’s Edge on Sept. 9 to meet therapy horse won by Facebook votes

 

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Nature’s Edge Therapy Center is hosting an Open House Celebration on Saturday, September 9, as a thank you to the community for their votes which helped to win Chloe, a Gypsy Vanner mare, during the LexLin Ranch “Gypsy Gift Horse” Facebook voting contest held earlier this year from April-June. The Open House Celebration will be held from Noon-3 p.m. at the Nature’s Edge ranch, 2523 14 ¾ Ave., Rice Lake. The community is cordially invited to meet Chloe “The Pale-Faced Mare” and to enjoy a complimentary lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, chips, Rootbeer and dessert. Adam Hutton of WJMC will be MC for the event. Presentations are scheduled during the afternoon, including Keith Dawson representing Thrivent Financial, a major sponsor of the event; Josy Wood, horse trainer for Nature’s Edge, who will demonstrate in the arena her training approach to horse handling; and Dr. Rebecca Blotz of Chetek Veterinary Clinic.

Chloe, the Gypsy Vanner horse that was donated to Nature’s Edge by LexLin Gypsy IMG_0015Ranch, was won with 11,790 Facebook votes. Voters cast votes via Facebook or by email daily during the 60-day voting period. The Gypsy Vanner horse, because of its engaging temperament, its strength, intelligence and movement, is ideal for therapy. Becky Payne, director of Nature’s Edge, and Barb Flouro, member of the Board of Directors of Nature’s Edge, received Chloe at the Passing of the Lead Ceremony at LexLin Ranch in Rockwood, TN, on July 21. Chloe will be presented to the community at the Open House with stablemate, Simba, also a Gypsy Vanner purchased from LexLin in January.

The Open House Celebration is sponsored free of charge to the community. Sponsors for the event include LexLin Gypsy Ranch, Thrivent Financial, Rice Lake Chronotype, WJMC, Cookin’ Up A Storm, Schilling Company, Reds in Chetek, Barron Bakery, Main Street Café, Brion’s Smokehouse Deli, Culligan of Rice Lake, Frito Lay and Village Hearth. Donations to Nature’s Edge will be accepted. For more information, call Nature’s Edge at 715-859-6670 or visit their website at naturesedgetherapycenter.org.

Come meet our new Gypsy Vanner!

We recently welcomed the newest addition to our team! Thanks to everyone who shared and voted for Nature’s Edge through LexLin’s Gypsy Gift program we were able to add a new therapy horse to our program.  

LexLin has donated 45 horses to PATH premiere accredited centers across the US since 2009. This year, over 80 centers were nominated. To win a Gypsy Gift Horse, Nature’s Edge competed in a Facebook contest where we had to get daily votes to stay in the top 20 centers. With all the wonderful support we ended the contest in 13th place with 11,790 votes!

Becky, our founder, director, and SLP, and her daughter Courtney had the opportunity to fly to Tennessee to pick which horse would join the Nature’s Edge team. While there were many great choices, Chloe caught their eye with her sweet disposition and friendly nature.  

On July 22nd Becky and Barb, a board member, went back to Tennessee to attend the Passing of the Lead ceremony where Chloe officially became part of Nature’s Edge. After the ceremony Chloe started her journey home where she was reunited with her friend Simba. Simba came to us from LexLin back in January and was happy to have his buddy back. He’s been a great protector when one of the other horses tries to bully Chloe. 

Gypsy Vanners are very well suited for therapy horses because of their build, temperament, size, and love for people. At Nature’s Edge we carefully choose our horses for their temperament and the type of movement they produce. All are specifically trained for their unique role within therapy sessions and are guided by professional horse handlers, which optimizes safety and effectiveness. The horse through Hippotherapy (only completed by a trained Speech, Occupational or Physical Therapist) impacts a patient’s speech, core movements and balance, as well as their sensory system. The Gypsies fit these requirements wonderfully. 

On September 9 Nature’s Edge would like to welcome everyone to an Open House to meet our new Gypsy Vanner! The event runs from 12-3pm at Nature’s Edge. We will have lunch and refreshments available: pulled pork sandwiches, chips, dessert, and root beer, along with presentations from Keith Dawson of Thrivent Financial (who are ever so kindly sponsoring the event), Josy Wood our horse trainer, and Dr. Rebecca Blotz of Chetek Vet Clinic.

You can view our open house flier here!

We hope to see you there!

Did you vote today? Less than one month left!


Nature’s Edge has steadily been climbing and is currently sitting in 13th place! Thank you ALL so much for your votes and SHARING!  Just under one month of continued voting left. In the past 2 weeks we have gained 7 places and some days we average 240 votes a day. In order to move up now, we NEED MORE VOTES! This provides us a choice on the horse- YOU CAN HELP US WITH THAT TOO, check out the Gift Horse webpage and tell us who you like and would like to meet! Click here to vote daily (once every 24 hours) for Nature’s Edge Therapy Center! Voting will continue through 12 pm EST on June 15th!

The top 20 centers with the most votes will be given a Gypsy Gift Horse from LexLin Gypsy Ranch. Visit GypsyGift.com for program details.

Please VOTE DAILY and SHARE OFTEN to support Gypsy Gift and your favorite center!

Don’t Forget to Keep Voting!

Nature’s Edge is currently in 19th place with over 2,400 votes. To remain in the top 20 we still need your votes daily. Why is the horse and your vote DAILY essential to Natures Edge? We carefully choose our horses for their temperament and the type of movement they produce. All are specifically trained for their unique role within therapy sessions and are guided by professional horse handlers, which optimizes safety and effectiveness. The horse through Hippotherapy (only completed by a trained Speech, Occupational or Physical Therapist) impacts a patient’s speech, core movements and balance, as well as their sensory system. Check it out:) We appreciate all of you sharing Natures Edge and our mission as well as helping us acquisition a new partner in our therapy.

Follow the link to vote!

If you don’t have Facebook, but would still like to vote for Nature’s Edge, you can email design@equineoriginals.com daily to help us win a Gypsy Vanner Horse!

We Need Your Votes!

We are nominated and NEED YOUR HELP! We have been nominated to win a Gypsy Vanner. LexLin Gypsy Ranch, where our wonderful Simba came from, is doing their 4th year of their Gypsy Gift Program. For this program they match LexLin Gypsy Horses with PATH premiere accredited centers across the US (they’ve donated a total of 45 horses since 2009). This year they are matching 20 Gypsy Horses with centers and Nature’s Edge is in the running. Our program has been open for nearly 17 years now and 3 of our horses are semi-retired, a new addition would be welcome! LexLin has phenomenal horses that would be well suited for our therapy center. To help us win we need YOU to spread the word and vote every 24 hours through 12 pm EST June 15, 2017! Click here to vote!

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Summer Learning Out-Of-Doors!

Come join us for our group programs at Nature’s Edge! Sign up early and receive the early bird discount! Our groups this year include:

  • Learning Social Skills on the Ranch
  • Meet Me at the Reading Tree
  • “Stable” Life Skills!
  • Preschool Outdoor Play
  • Staying Active in Nature/Sibling Fun

All groups programs are taught by licensed and qualified professionals. Our ranch setting is the perfect environment to accelerate learning through summer fun and the motivation of animals and nature! Check out our Social Groups flyer 2017

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Volunteer Opportunities

 

Are you interested in volunteering? Here at Nature’s Edge we are always in need of volunteers.

  • Do you like to garden?
  • Do you like to spend time with animals?
  • Do you have organizational skills?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, we invite you to join our team, enhance your skills and contribute to our success.  Volunteers perform integral roles at our center.  In fact, it would be impossible for us to achieve our mission without them.

Volunteering Opportunities include:

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  •  Small animal care and feeding
  •  New construction
  •  Large animal care and feeding
  •  Assisting in fundraising
  •  Tack care
  •  Assisting in therapy sessions, including hippotherapy sidewalkers
  •  General cleaning
  •  Gardening/landscaping
  •  Stable attendant

If you would like to volunteer at Nature’s Edge, please complete both the “Volunteer Intake Forms” and the “Background Information Disclosure (BID)” forms and return them to the center.

A word from our volunteers

What our volunteers have to say about us…

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“This summer was the first year I came to volunteer here and I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I have made. Everyone at Nature’s Edge is so wonderful! They always let you know how grateful they are for everyone’s hard work. I am super glad I came to Nature’s Edge and I will definitely be coming back!”

“Love this place! In all the time I’ve spent here volunteering not a second went to waste. 🙂 I have also seen how much they help their patients. Truly amazing what they do here.”

“I have volunteered my time helping out with client group activities, photography, side walking,and grooming/exercising the animals! I have seen amazing treatment/activities given by the therapists to increase the self confidence and the progress of the clients abilities! The volunteers/staff are so welcoming and friendly. The scenery, nature, and farm animals are so calming and soothing! I usually come to volunteer 1-2 times a week! Volunteering here has helped my self confidence, mood and exercise in many abundant ways! I really love coming to this amazingly awesome, Nature’s Edge Therapy center!”

“Love this place!  In all the time I’ve spent here volunteering no a second went to waste. 🙂 I have also seen how much they help their patients.  Truly amazing what they do here.”

“I had a good time and I helped with the horses. I got to eat lunch with the Reminiscing on the Farm group. Gymir is my favorite horse!”

“I had a great time at Nature’s Edge. I hope to come again. It was fun grooming the horses and to meet new people. I made some new friends. I hope next time I come it will be as fun as today!”
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“It was awesome to tell the Seniors stories about the animals. The animals seemed like they had fun to. The Seniors seemed like they had fun. It was really cool to see the animals and
Seniors interact with each other.”

Settling In

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Simba is settling in very nicely here at Nature’s Edge. We have been working him into the schedule for training and he is responding extremely well. He was even brought in on a therapy session working on ground work and desensitizing and did amazing! Simba has also had the pleasure of meeting all his herd mates. He was separated from the big bad bully Boo until the footing cleared up, and about a week ago he had his chance. Up until then we had them separated into two groups and introduced Simba to all his new friends without the threat of being bullied, but about a week ago the footing in the pasture cleared up enough to allow everyone to mingle together. They were all so happy that they took off frolicking through the pasture until Big Bad Boo realized he had a new herd mate and the chase began. After a little bit of running and Boo establishing that he was top of the herd (right behind Svali that is) they all settled down to munch on what little grass they could find and some hay. They’ve all been hanging out together in one big happy group since then.