The Story of Green Chimneys
Nature-Based Education for children with special needs
7:00 p.m. Friday May 18, 2018 in Emery Arts Center Free and Open to the Public (Donations Accepted)
Please join Miyako Kinoshita, Farm Education Program Manager as she introduces us to Green Chimneys, a non-profit organization located in Brewster, New York serving children with special needs. The Nature-Based Programs at Green Chimneys developed over 75 years, starting as a very small boarding school with preschool children, and now serving 250 children in the NYC and Hudson Valley Area who have psychosocial challenges. The farm and its animals have been the core of the program since the beginning, but now provides therapeutic, educational, and vocational programs to help the children achieve their treatment goals. The Nature-Based Program consists of the equine and farm animal areas, wildlife rehabilitation center, shelter dog interaction program, educational garden, and vocational garden. This presentation explores how Nature-Based Programming evolved over 75 years at Green Chimneys, and how it serves children with special needs today.
As the Farm Education Program Manager at the Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center and Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys, Miyako serves as the key facilitator for over 200 children with psychosocial disabilities currently in residence and day school, and facilitates and supervises a wide range of animal and plant based nature assisted programs. She manages and supervises Human Animal Interactions and Horticulture Activities as well as co-treats clients directly with clinicians on campus.
With a diverse background in special education she specializes in emotional and behavioral crisis and management in Animal Assisted Activity and Animal Assisted Education settings. Miyako trains and supervises 12 Sam and Myra Ross institute interns every semester, and consult the therapists on campus on how to incorporate animals and nature into therapy sessions.
As a noted speaker, Miyako has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally at regional and national conferences. Her lectures have taken her to State University of New York at New Paltz, University of Denver School of Social Work, University of Maine, and Azabu University and Teikyo University in Japan among others. As a member of the institute, Miyako works with the department director to organize and run the international Human Animal Interaction Conference at Green Chimneys.