sensory gardens

The Main Street Connection at the Sensory Gardens

The Main Street Connection is a unique day program at RISE Life Services. Participants of this innovative program are afforded the opportunity to use and build upon their current skill set to participate in the Life of the Community. “The Day Program Without Walls” offers a choice of daily activities that the participants of the program decide upon at regular meetings. The group works on individual goals and a daily routine, even though the activities for the day vary. (

Learn more about RISE’s Sensory Gardens

In 1999 the Planning Committee of RISE’s Board of Directors proposed a project that would create a sensory garden on the underutilized 2.5 acres of RISE’s Northville ICF. The garden’s committee was made up of board members, local businesses, farmers, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, community groups, and interested neighbors.  The gardens were completed through these dedicated individuals who spent countless hours of planning and working on this worthwhile enterprise.  It has been a wonderful way to create a bridge of understanding...

RISE Life Services Partnering with Hampton Bays High School at the Sensory Gardens

  RISE Life Services is about to embark on a new partnership with Hampton Bays High School and the special education class. RISE’s Main Street Connection Day Program will be welcoming students from Hampton Bays at the Northville Sensory Gardens for volunteer activities. On May 1, the group of students met up with JoAnn Vitale, day program coordinator, and the day program participants to tour the gardens and farm. They walked paths, met the animals and enjoyed lunch. The Hampton Bays class...

The Northville Sensory Gardens in Spring

  Off of the north road, close to the Sound beach in Riverhead is a hidden oasis that is called Northville Sensory Gardens and affectionately known as ‘The Farm.’ In April and May, everything happens. The gardens come back to life, but not without the help of Ken Friberg and his crew, comprised of two part-time year round staff, BOCES students, and individuals from RISE Life Services’ residences. In this park, you will find four ponds that connect, starting out as a...

A Year in Review

The year 2018 was full of growth and positive change. We look back now on our year in blogs and are thrilled with the success we have experienced; along with the details we learned about our staff, residents and our programs. Thank you for joining us on this journey and reading our blogs each week. We enjoyed sharing about the expansion of our food pantry; the addition of our day program, The Main Street Connection; the improvements to our Northville Sensory...

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