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Accessible Recreation 2017-08-14T12:20:08+00:00

Choose your own adventure.

CMARS cycling

Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports (CMARS) provides exciting outdoors experiences for people of all abilities. For CMARS participants, it doesn’t matter what they’ve been told they could or could not accomplish—with us, adventure will become a reality.

But it’s more than just the joy of sport. CMARS blends the thrill of skiing, cycling, kayaking (and much more) with the development of practical life skills. What’s the best use of motor movement to transfer into a boat? Which plan makes the most sense when orienteering Crotched Mountain’s world-class accessible hiking trail? What is the best grip for outriggers?

It’s all about achievement and independence, a person-centered approach to giving someone, regardless of their ability, the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and recreation.

Crotched Mountain’s Accessible Trails are open for the season! Click to learn more!

The CMARS Experience

CMARS is available to everyone in the community, delivering an adaptive recreation menu that spans casual outings to varied degrees of instruction. Our programming is customized and goal-oriented, taught by certified and licensed recreational therapists.

CMARS staff and volunteers are trained to work with individuals with varied physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy, emotional disorders, neurological impairments, seizure disorders, sensory impairments, spinal cord injury and orthopedics. Additionally, CMARS provides recreation programming for senior citizens.

CMARS Boating

Engage with Us

Volunteerism
Share your passion and experience the joy of bringing these adventures to life for our participants. We are a volunteer-powered program and if you’re looking for an unforgettable opportunity, CMARS is for you.

Internships
For students seeking hands-on, inter-disciplinary experience, CMARS offers personally and professionally rewarding internships with our certified and licensed Recreation Therapists. We have affiliations with colleges and universities throughout the country.

Consulting
If you’re a school, organization, or business looking for recreation-focused, inclusive best practices, access the expertise of our CMARS staff through our consulting services.

Contract Services
CMARS can provide custom, accessible recreation for your programs. Any of the sports we offer are available! We have contracted with rehabilitation centers, retirement communities, schools and many other organizations.

Paralympic Sport Club

What we offer

CURRENT CLASS: Kayaking
The paddling program provides a safe, structured, and supportive environment for individuals to experience the joys of paddling and being on the water. No previous paddling experience is necessary. Lessons will take place in July and August at Sunset Lake in Greenfield, NH. You may sign up for a single lesson or a 3-week session.

Email Kristin Harris to learn more and register!

Hiking
Enjoy over two miles of accessible hiking trails. Click here for more!

Cycling
Ride the network of regional bike trails with a variety of adaptive bicycles, from tandems to recumbents to handcycles.

Target Shooting
In partnership with Access Outdoors New England and Sturm Ruger, learn gun safety, marksmanship, instruction at the Monadnock Rod and Gun Club.

Snowshoeing
Explore nature in the winter season

Skiing and Snowboarding
Hit the slopes at Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride with state-of-the-art accessible equipment

Want to Get Involved?

CMARS ski

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