Riveredge Nature Center is excited to announce that through partnership with Access Ability Wisconsin, we are the Ozaukee County site for an all-terrain outdoor wheel chair (OWC) Trackchair. This means that a wheelchair with tracks will be on-hand for use at Riveredge Nature Center, and can also be checked out for off-site use as well.

What is a Track Chair?

An outdoor wheelchair (OWC), also called an all-terrain wheelchair, is a wheelchair with tracks in place of wheels. People often say it looks like a wheelchair with tank tracks. For anyone who uses a wheelchair, one could think of a OWC as a pair of hiking boots. OWCs are designed to be used on trails in Wisconsin year-round. How has the equipment been used? For outdoor concerts, bird watching, fishing, camping, at the county fair, at the conservancy, a wedding in the marsh, outdoor field trips, outdoor excursions, and much more…

Also, organizations and schools can reserve it for their outdoor events. If you know of someone who would benefit from using the OWC, please share this page with them.

Our OWC includes an adjustable attachment arm for outdoor activities, which can be used as a rail for photography, fishing, spotting scopes, shooting sports; pretty much any activity where it might be useful to rest something in front of or next to you.

How do I access the Track Chair?

The Trackchair can be checked out for use at Riveredge Nature Center, but it can also be used offsite as well. AAW’s model for accessing a community OWC is unique! For off-site use, the Trackchair is transported in an enclosed trailer. People are invited to take the equipment where they want to participate in outdoor activities and we allow free use with a minimal deposit. We do require a signed liability waiver, survey, and ask that people forward pictures and videos and of it being used – and that’s it! Please read below for details.

In order to check out the Outdoor Wheelchair the following is required:

  • The Outdoor Wheelchair is free to use, but a deposit of $50 is required.
  • We recommend printing/filling out the required forms in advance prior to picking up and returning the OWC.
  • Complete reservation details are on the AAW site, including this user agreement form.
  • Users are required to sign the User Agreement and Waiver of Liability.
    • Parent or Legal Guardian must sign the User Agreement and Waiver of Liability if user is a minor.
  • A Riveredge staff member will confirm the driver’s driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • If you intend to use the track chair offsite, a suitable vehicle with a 2″ ball trailer hitch is required (van, truck, et cetera. A small sedan will not safely support the weight of the enclosed trailer). If you arrive to pick up the trailer without a 2″ hitch ball it will not fit and you will need to return to a store to acquire a 2″ hitch ball (we’ve had this happen). Whether the vehicle can safely tow the trailer is at the discretion of Riveredge staff. If you’re uncertain whether your car can safely tow the trailer, please contact smerten@riveredge.us in advance, with the year, make, and model of the vehicle.
  • All off-site reservations must be made one week in advance.
  • Off-site reservations can be made for up to 7 days.
  • Upon return and inspection, the deposit can either be donated toward maintenance or returned to the user.
  • An additional $50 late fee may be charged. In the event you cancel or change your reservation, $5 may be kept for processing the reservation.
  • Track chair users will be required to complete either the online individuals OWC survey or event OWC survey and the condition report (check out/in form). We welcome a statement and a photo of how you used the OWC(s) and your experience.
  • If possible, AAW asks that track chair users take photos or videos about using the track chair and experiences out in nature.
  • While we only have one chair on the property, additional chairs can be reserved, and, as schedules permit, we will arrange for their transportation to Riveredge.

About Access Ability Wisconsin

Access Ability Wisconsin (AAW) is a non-profit organization devoted to providing the ability for those with mobility challenges to enjoy the natural world that Wisconsin has to offer. The goal of AAW is to have one outdoor wheelchair in each Wisconsin county. This will create more opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to join their friends and families in participating in outdoor activities. For more information visit www.AccessAbilityWI.org. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to reach out to Access Ability Wisconsin via email, AAW@AccessAbilityWI.org, or via phone at (608) 886-9388.