2013 NISC Awards: Nature, Novels, & Nonfiction
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2013 NISC Awards: Nature, Novels, & Nonfiction

July 10, 2014

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Nature, Novels, & Nonfiction



Minnetonka Senior Services, Minnetonka, MN


Nature, Novels, & Non-Fiction is an innovative approach to encouraging active and literary engagement for persons aged 55 and over. It's an adventure book club where participants meet monthly to read on the subject of a specific leisure interest or activity and then are supported to participate in that activity. An example would be if a person had always wanted to try canoeing, but didn’t have the means to pursue it, this program would enable that person to first learn about the activity and then experience it. The goal of this program is to leverage community collaboration to provide seniors with life enhancing opportunities. There are three collaborative partners: Minnetonka Senior Services, Ridgedale Library, and Three Rivers Park District. Each partner provides a unique feature to the program. Minnetonka Senior Services secured grant funding and provides the meeting space for the book club, Ridegedale Library provides the books and the group leader for the discussions, and Three Rivers Park District provides the activities that directly reflect that month’s book. A sampling of books and activities include:

  • June: Book - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson; Activity - Hiking
  • July: Book - The Rider by Tim Krabbe; Activity - Bike Ride
  • August: Book - Canoeing with the Cree by Eric Sevareid; Activity - Canoeing

The collaboration of these providers combines the strengths of each partner organization to provide a unique opportunity for seniors to participate in activities that better meet the needs of the whole person. This program was designed to reinforce the significance of community beyond the walls of the community center and to provide opportunities for seniors seeking to explore the range of outdoor experiences available to them, to develop new skills, and to strengthen their connections to community. With the rising number of young seniors, access to educational and active alternatives is important to meet the growing need.

Number of Staff/Volunteers Required



Revenue: $0; Expense: $800


Nicole Gorman
Minnetonka Senior Services
14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN


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