Green Chimneys applies a variety of clinical approaches and nature-based programs directly and indirectly to support and enhance therapeutic education and treatment for each child. Also known as ecotherapy, these programs and practices are designed to help children develop critical skills such as trust, self-esteem, empathy, emotional regulation, and responsibility. Therapeutic animal-assisted activities range from playing with a dog, cat or rabbit during a session with a trained adult, to assisting with the everyday tasks of feeding, grooming and collecting eggs, to more comprehensive activities such as therapeutic horseback riding and training of assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. Horticulture activities also support social, academic, psychological and physical well-being. Our gardening program is an effective tool in helping students learn new skills and see how their contribution makes a difference.