Adventure More - National Ability Center

Expanded possibility. One community.

Thank you for joining us as we explore uncharted waters and summit new peaks. By uniting our resources, expertise, staff and community, The National Ability Center and Splore are committed to providing robust opportunities for growth, recreation, adventure and community for individuals of all abilities and their families.

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You are welcome here.

Whether you are a volunteer, adventurer, staff-member, partner, donor or friend, you are welcome here.

We are brought together by a shared belief that what we can do outweighs any challenges we face and a common belief that outdoor exploration transforms lives. As we work to build this community of greater possibility, we understand that questions may arise. Thank you in advance for your patience and support. We hope to address your concerns with empathy, transparency and gratitude.

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

Below are a few “Frequently Asked Questions” to help you navigate the transition:

 

What is the National Ability Center?

The National Ability Center is a non-profit organization with a mission of empowering individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation and educational programs. Our vision is to inspire individual achievement to create a global impact for people of all abilities.

Based out of a 26-acre ranch in Park City, Utah, we also offer programs at Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort, Solitude, Brighton, The Jordanelle Reservoir and a variety of other partner locations.

We are recognized as a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, US Paralympic Sports Club and are a premier provider and partner in the delivery of programs directly supported by partners like Team Semper Fi, Wounded Warrior Project and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.

The National Ability Center has been delivering adaptive sport programs since 1985 and are now recognized as one of the leading community programs in the country that provides sports and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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Watch National Ability Center Stories.

 

What is Splore?

The story of Splore begins on the Colorado River in 1977, when founder, Martha Ham created the non-profit organization with a mission to change lives by challenging and expanding one’s notion of ability through meaningful outdoor adventure.

At Splore, we believe that in order to get the most out of life, one must have the confidence to try new things, and have a sense of the possibilities life holds for them. We do this by empowering and instilling greater confidence in our participants through canoeing, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, and rafting adventures.

Our adventures are uniquely suited to challenge preconceived ideas of what is possible, both for participants and their loved ones. Historically, it was thought that to care for someone with a disability meant sheltering them from the world. Risk-taking was feared and avoided. At Splore, we believe that there is dignity in risk-taking and that it is an inherent part of living a full and robust life.

We manage the risk of our adventures, so that every Splore participant feels empowered and dignified. Splore trips leave participants with an expanded sense of what they can accomplish both individually and as a family. Many have described this transformation as magical.

Learn more about Splore.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Splore Stories.

 

What does all of this mean for me?

Whether you are currently a member of the National Ability Center, or part of Splore, you will find many more options for outdoor recreation and adventure.

We will be maintaining both the National Ability Center locations in Park City and Splore headquarters in Salt Lake City meaning even more program options will be available within an easy 35-minute drive. Additionally, we will continue to operate current mobile program bases such as those in Moab, Utah and at various partner resorts, waterways and parks.

If you are a sponsor, you’ll benefit from increased exposure and new opportunities to engage. If you are a donor, we are still committed to using your donation wisely. As an organization, we emphasize accountability, transparency and fiscal health as top priorities in achieving the transformative social, personal and family development our programs are designed to accomplish.

If you are a volunteer, we need you! And, just like those in our programs, your opportunities for adventure have also grown!

If you come to us via Splore, we recommend you check out the following programs:

Register for National Ability Center Programs.

For those of you coming via the National Ability Center, be sure to take a look at the following offerings:

Register for Splore Programs.

 

How do I get involved?

Sign up for programs:

Initially, you will make program reservations as you always have. You can make reservations for programs from the National Ability Center at www.discovernac.org, and sign up for Splore offerings at www.splore.org.

Volunteer:

To volunteer with any National Ability Center program, including those offered through Splore, please visit us online, email laurenw@discovernac.org or call 435-649-3991 x625.

Donate, Become a Partner:

You can support both the National Ability Center and Splore at www.discovernac.org/ways-to-give, by emailing gailb@discovernac.org or calling 435.200.0985.

 

Bring Your Friends – #IamNAC

Excited about what’s going on with the National Ability Center and Splore? Share it with your friends, family, colleagues and community. Tag your photos with #IamNAC and let the world know that together, the possibilities are endless.

 

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The Word on the Street

In our work with a variety of organizations and partners, a buzz is building about the National Ability Center and Splore. Word is, this is going to be great!

 

Martha Ham

Founder, Splore

“Here we are in the first steps of joining the National Ability Center—and from where I’m standing, it’s a dream come true. Like Splore, the NAC was an early actor in the accessibility movement.  The collected abilities and shared resources of the NAC and Splore are a galvanizing complement.”

Meeche White

Founder, National Ability Center

“Together, we have much to celebrate in having served so many people with disabilities throughout the years.  And now we can be even more effective as we merge our energies and resources… An interesting note was that our first outdoor adventure was when we brought a group from the NAC to go on a SPLORE rafting trip in Moab, maybe summer of 1988!”

Heather A. Brown, MTRS, CTRS

Recreation Therapist, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA

This is exciting news! The National Ability Center and Splore are both amazing organizations. It is great that they are combining forces. We are looking forward to seeing how this develops in the future for our Veterans!”

Jennifer Jones

 

We are excited to hear of the merger of SPLORE and the National Ability Center. SPLORE has been a great partner, permittee and they have provided quality outdoor adventures along the Colorado River for more than 20 years. We are hopeful that this merger will allow for more people of all abilities to participate in activities near Moab and to experience the exceptional scenery of their public lands and the Colorado River.

Connect with us

If you have questions, concerns or just want to share great ideas and learn more about the National Ability Center and Splore, please connect with our leadership!