Call 508-744-1141 to apply for Explorers!

The Explorers Hiking Cape Cod

The Explorers program gives adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a chance to get outside and enjoy nature, develop social skills, and build new friendships.

Learn more about the world around you. There is always something new to see and somewhere else to explore – meadows, salt marsh, sandy beaches, tidal flats, woodland trails. Sharing the experience forms stronger bonds and creates lasting memories.

This 8-week program strives to develop and support meaningful and healthy relationships for individuals with high-functioning IDD and/or ASD while hiking through the beauty of Cape Cod.

Get some fresh air and a fresh perspective!

Explorers meet on Saturdays, 10am-2pm:
  • 10am: Meet at a central location.
  • 10am-10:15am: Talk about the day’s adventure (what to expect; health and safety).
  • 10:15-10:30am: Get on the bus.
  • 11am: Arrive at destination. Meet with an expert from one of our community partners (Mass Audubon; Cape Wildlife Center; Center for Coastal Studies; Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, among others)
  • 12pm-12:30pm: Eat lunch (provided by Community Connections).
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm: Go for a hike.
  • 1:30pm: Get on the bus.
  • 2pm: Return to central location.

Apply today by calling 508-744-1141 or completing the form below.

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Our goal is to help participants gain confidence in their ability to make friends by learning skills that enable them to develop friendships beyond the IDD/ASD community, including work, volunteerism and interactions with people in their everyday lives.

Learn Social Skills

It can be challenging for individuals with IDD and/or ASD to understand the nuances of friendships and communicating with others.

The Explorers program aims to teach adults with IDD and/or ASD improved social skills to develop more friendships and healthy relationships while having a good time doing things they enjoy.


Let’s Go for a Hike

Utilizing natural environments on Cape Cod, we engage groups of individuals over an 8-week period (Saturdays, 10am-2pm).

An experienced and trained Community Connections staff member accompanies Explorers in activities, while helping them to improve their social skills.

Future offerings for Explorers may include cooking, gaming, and photography.

Provide a Safe Environment

Community Connections staff provide a safe environment for participants to engage in friendship building with members of the group, among community partners, and the public.

By creating and planning activities in the community and bringing in local experts, the Explorers program staff guides communication, helps identify social cues, and offers suggestions on appropriate interactions.

The guidance from staff is woven naturally into activities and experiences.

Through this process, participants gain skills and confidence in growing friendships.


How to Join the Explorers

Apply by calling 508-744-1141 or completing the form above.

Our current capacity is limited. We are taking applications from individuals who would like to participate. Once the application is submitted, the individual will be contacted by our staff and interviewed for appropriate placement.

At this time, this program is fee-based. An 8-week session (Saturdays, 10am-2pm) is $750 and includes:

  • trained staff for the activity and the instruction of social skills focused on building and maintaining friendships
  • guest experts to inform the participants about the activity and introduce inclusive opportunities in their area of interest beyond the class
  • a healthy meal and/or snacks
  • transportation to and from a central location to the activity sites

Limited scholarship opportunities available.

Call 508-744-1141 to apply for Explorers!

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Through personalized case management, we design individualized programs that build on the strengths of the whole person, enabling them to live as independently as possible in their community.

We count on donors like you, so our clients can continue to reach their goals through therapies and activities.