Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Minnesota

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see:  http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012 

 

The Paul Bunyan Trail

The Paul Bunyan Trail is the longest paved trail in Minnesota at 112-miles and it connects the Heartland Trail, the Blue Ox Trail and the Cuyuna State Trail.  The portion of the trail from Guthrie south through Laporte toward Walker is now paved. With the paving of this 19 mile segment, completed in 2010, the Paul Bunyan Trail now yields a continuously paved trail from Brainerd MN to Lake Bemidji State Park in Bemidji Minnesota–a total of 112 paved miles!

Website: http://www.paulbunyantrail.com/
Email: bigpaul@paulbunyantrail.com 

 

United Foundation for Disabled Archers

“If you are a physically challenged hunter looking for unique bowhunting adventures, the United Foundation For Disabled Archers (UFFDA) has the opportunity you have been searching for. Each year, seasoned bowhunting volunteers sponsor free bowhunts for UFFDA’s disabled members and we would consider it a privilege to entertain you on one of these hunts each year.”

Website: http://www.uffdaclub.com/
Phone: 320-634-3660
Email: bowtwang@charter.net 

 

 

Minnesota Adapted Athletics Association

“The goal of the program has always been to provide sports experiences for high school athletes with disabilities in the same manner that they have been provided for non-disabled athletes. The organization wanted to provide interscholastic sports opportunities where none previously existed. This has been achieved in the state of Minnesota. Minnesota is the first state where adapted sports have been officially sanctioned by a state high school league. The following indoor sports are offered by the MSHSL: Adapted Soccer (Fall), Adapted Floor Hockey (Winter), Adapted Softball (Spring) and Adapted Bowling (Spring).”

Website: http://www.mnadaptedathletics.org
Phone: 651-324-0420

Email: maaasecretary@izoom.net 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Minnesota-Adapted-Athletics-Association/169618205930 

The Courage Center

“Courage Center is a Minnesota-based, nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that serves children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. Courage Center specializes in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth. Founded in 1928, Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors. ”

Website: http://www.couragecenter.org
Phone: 763-588-0811

 

NATIONAL PARKS GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT 

National and state parks abound in Minnesota and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 

About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

 

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