Inclusive Recreation

Boy proudly holds a fish he just caught.

ARISE at the Farm offers a many different Inclusive Recreation Programs tailored for different age groups and interests. We currently offer:

Summer Recreation in Madison County is a summer day program open to all children, with preference given to children with developmental disabilities. We offer one-week sessions at ARISE at the Farm, our 77-acre working horse farm in North Chittenango, where participants can experience biking, fishing, traditional summer activities and play on our fully inclusive playground. Our trained staff support each participant’s individual needs to maximize fun and safety. We also offer special weeks for adult participants from Oswego County and siblings of children with disabilities. 

Summer Recreation follows the Farm’s policy of a 1:3 ratio of recreation counselors to participants. Individuals may also have the option of being paired with an individual volunteer who is trained and briefed on the participant’s special needs to ensure that every person can experience all the Farm has to offer in a safe manner.

Recreation programming also includes:

  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Stories
  • Singing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Visiting the Farm’s petting zoo
  • Daily Flag Ceremony
  • Horse Grooming
  • Field Games

Transportation may be available for participants.


Open to all children, ARISE at the Farm offers 5 weeks of Horsemanship during the summer.
Participants get one riding lesson each day and will learn:

  • Different parts of the horse
  • General horse care
  • Horse grooming
  • How to tack a horse

School Break Recreation

ARISE at the Farm offers year-round recreational opportunities to children with disabilities and their families through the School Break Recreation program. The School Break Recreation program runs on most days when schools are closed or on half days.

Contact Us

Mary Schwanke
Manager of Respite and Family Support Services