Nature Speaks is a 2.5 acre barn facility in Jupiter Farms, Florida, where you can learn about horses and yourself. It is a non-profit corporation that offers fun programs as well as rehab for teens, at-risk kids, and disabled children and adults. When you visit, you can have fun while knowing that you're also helping others.
Nature Speaks was created out of personal tragedy when executive director Rachel Ibarra was seriously injured after being thrown from a collapsing horse, and the horse then died three days later after being struck by lightning. During Rachel's physical and emotional recovery from this ordeal, she discovered and began to research equine therapy. She then started Nature Speaks as a way to help others learn about their own inner strength and to help them foster better relationships through interaction with and caretaking of horses. She focuses on young people who need help learning to make positive life choices.
Bring the family for riding lessons or education in taking care of horses. If you're already an experienced rider, set up an appointment for a trail ride. Or try something unique and exciting: set up an overnight camping by horseback trip. Available for one or two nights, these camping trips travel the Old Florida Cracker Trail and include a cattle drive!
For young adults, enroll in the team building program "Who's In Your Herd?". Participants will learn about the timeless relationship between horses and humans and about relationships in their own lives. Who's In Your Herd engenders empowerment and teens see how this translates to every day life. They'll engage in discussions, lectures, and hands on activities with the horses in order to see personal growth and improve communication skills.
Nature Speaks also offers a summer program which includes riding lessons, horsemanship, grooming, education about tack and equipment, arts and crafts, painting, water games, and of course, fun with the horses, as well as a weekly pizza party.
Horses are beautiful and majestic animals, and Nature Speaks will help you better understand them and yourself!