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the chris center
welcomes you

The Chris Center offers an innovative approach to teen wellness by connecting adolescents to nature and providing opportunities for human-animal interaction. We recognize that many teenagers in central Indiana are struggling with their mental and emotional well-being, and we strive to be part of the solution. Our programs are based on research demonstrating the health and wellness benefits of interacting with animals and participating in nature-oriented activities. These benefits include improved self-esteem and mood, increased social interaction, and decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression. To learn more about the Chris Center's programs click below.


Our Mission

Our mission is to improve mental wellness for teens and pre-teens in Greater Indianapolis through education and experiences with nature and the healing power of human-animal interaction. 



Our Vision is for teens and pre-teens in Greater Indianapolis to be empowered to manage

their mental wellness. 


Thank you
to our partners

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Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Pacers Foundation

Pacers Foundation


Wild Love


Dee & Dene Deno Annual Golf Event


BarnRaisers of Indiana


Glick Foundation


University High School, Carmel IN

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Dr Kelly Slama-McManus MD


Stone Farm, Zionsville IN. Home of our amazing Alpaca's.


National Alliance of Mental Illness. - Greater Indianapolis

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