Spend Time with Nature

In children, time in nature can improve academic outcomes- boost performance in reading, writing, math and science, and enhance creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

Providing access to nature for marginalized populations in Rochester, N.Y.

We aim to continuously expand access to organized nature experiences for the enjoyment and wellness of our communities and through outdoors education change mindsets about nature and belongingness and instill stewardship of the land for generations of Black and Brown children to come.

Looking for a Guided Hike?

Inclusive Woods & Us seeks to make joy, freedom, and belonging accessible to everyone in outdoor spaces.

Looking to Teach?

At Inclusive Woods & Us we want to train the next leaders.

Looking to Partner?

Woods & Us partners with organizations of any size. We introduce children to the outdoors through hiking, walking or just being in nature during four seasons.


Due to America’s long and perverse history of racism, many children in urban communities have been systematically redlined from nature. Subsequently, generations of Rochestarians have been left without clean air and water, safe housing, or access to the natural environment.

Inclusive Woods and Us (fondly known as Woods and Us) is changing this reality! By partnering with youth organizations and schools in Rochester, Woods and Us introduces children to the outdoors through hiking, walking or just being in nature with trained hike leaders all four seasons of the year.

As an entirely volunteer-led organization, Woods and Us needs funding to grow. Insurance, hike leader screening and training, outdoor gear, transportation, healthy meals, and the eventual hiring of a paid administrator and educator are critical elements to providing joy, freedom, and belonging that awaits all of Rochester’s children.

Lucienne Nicholson - Founder

Let's Go Outside, Together!

Our Impact