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Take a Hike! 

Independence First offers a free hiking club for people with disabilities. We took advantage of the summer to explore nature in the Milwaukee area such as Lion's Den Gorge, Retzer Nature Center and the lakefront. As a bonus, members of the summer hiking club also received a free backpack filled with supplies such as a water bottle, camera, binoculars and nature-based activities. 

The group promotes health and nature appreciation by getting outside and exploring new destinations at Milwaukee metro area parks and recreational areas. Each week, we meet at a different accessible destination to enjoy the fresh air with new friends. Stay tuned for future Take a Hike clubs and in the meantime, enjoy some of our adventures through photos taken by members and staff:


Cam enjoying Lions Den beach throwing rocks

Cam enjoys the beach at Lion's Den Gorge

Rocks at Lions Den Gorge

Rocks at Lion's Den Gorge

The beach at Lions Den Gorge

The beach at Lion's Den Gorge

Emily and Venus her service dog enjoying the Retzer Nature Center

Emily and her service dog Venus enjoying the Retzer Nature Center

Log bridge in the woods

A water crossing make of tree branches in the woods