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About us

The Chris Center, Inc. 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 orientated activities. These benefits include improved self-esteem and mood, increased social interaction, and decreased symptoms of anxiety and depression.



Our mission is to promote the mental and emotional well-being of teenagers in central Indiana by connecting them with nature and the healing power of human-animal interaction.



Our Vision is to bring peace and wellness to teens through nature and the human-animal bond.

Friends in Nature
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