Agency Accreditations & Awards

Accreditations & Certifications

Council on Accreditation (COA)
The Sanctuary Model® – A Trauma-Informed Framework
American Camping Association (ACA)
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)
New York State Model Forest

Licensed by

New York State Board of Social Welfare
New York State Department of Health
New York State Department of Social Services
New York State Education Department
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
New York State Office of Mental Health
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
United States Fish & Wildlife Service

Memberships & Affiliations

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC)
Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC)
Coalition of 853 Residential Schools (New York State)
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits
Empire State Coalition of Youth & Family Services
Farm Based Education Association (FBEA)
Federation of Riding for the Disabled International (FRDI)
Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF)
International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services (NCASES)
New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services
New York State Council of Family & Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA)
New York State Principals for the Education of Students with Emotional Disabilities (NYSPEED)
North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)
Putnam Community Services Network
Putnam County 4-H Association - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County
Thinking Animals, Inc. (founding member)
United Way of New York City
United Way of Northern Fairfield, CT
United Way of Westchester/Putnam, NY

Awards & Recognition

Community Impact Award
Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, 2014

Socially Conscious Trailblazer Award - Joe Whalen
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, 2013

Hidden Hero Award Sam Ross
The Andrew Goodman Foundation, 2013

Outstanding Fundraising Professional Sam Ross
Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2013

Albert E. Trieschman Award – Betsy Harris
American Association of Children's Residential Centers, 2013

Innovative Program of the Year – Nature’s Nursery
Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, 2012

Green Thumb Challenge
Green Education Foundation, 2012

Henry Bergh Award
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 2011

Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities
Healthy Schools Campaign, 2010

Golda Meir Leadership Award - Myra and Sam Ross
Jewish Federation of Greater Danbury, 2010

Outstanding Staff of the Year – Nature’s Nursery
Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, 2010

Distinguished Service Award
Putnam Community Service Network, 2009

Best Local Business
U.S. Commerce Association, 2009

Day Care Center of the Year – Nature’s Nursery
Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, 2009

Agency of the Year
National Network for Youth, 2008

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award
American Psychological Association, 2006

Facility Operation & Requirements

Drinking Water Quality Report (pdf)

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