Why Animals & Nature

Established in 1947, Green Chimneys offers therapeutic education, environmental and recreation programs, and clinical treatment including animal-assisted therapy for children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. The interconnection of human well-being, animal welfare and environmental stewardship is ingrained in Green Chimneys’ founding principles.

Our philosophy is based on the belief that, if children are given a chance to explore and discover their inherent strengths in a safe and structured nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping and social skills will improve. The concept of an enriched treatment setting that brings people together with animals and plants in a mutually beneficial relationship lies at the foundation of our approach.