For young girls who are having difficulty functioning socially, Eckerd’s E-Nini-Hassee Outdoor Therapeutic School for Girls delivers fully-accredited education and counseling services in a therapeutic outdoor environment that fosters personal growth.
E-Nini-Hassee was founded in 1969 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd and was the first outdoor therapeutic school for girls in the southeast. At the time, their goal was simple: provide a better treatment alternative for girls than the prevailing methods of hospitalization or institutionalization.
At E-Nini-Hassee, the Eckerds created a positive, strengths-based environment for girls ages 12-18 to experience nurturing guidance. Students are able to see adults role modeling appropriate behaviors, learn in an educational setting with passionate teachers and youth counselors and participate in therapeutic outdoor adventures during their time at the school. E-Nini-Hassee helps these girls fully realize the potential that already exists within them.
Today, E-Nini-Hassee remains the most established and trusted outdoor therapeutic school for girls in all of the southeastern United States. It is also consistently identified as one of the most effective programs of its kind in the nation.
E-Nini-Hassee is situated on 840 acres of picturesque woodlands, just one hour from Tampa, FL and Orlando, FL. Visitors will immediately notice how peaceful our campus is, with blue skies and tree-lined pathways as far as the eye can see. In fact, E-Nini-Hassee means “Her Sunny Road” in the Seminole Indian language.
Our campus includes our dining hall; shower and laundry facilities; our classrooms, library and computer lab; the chapel; our pool and lake front; the recreation fields, our therapeutic ropes course and walking trails; camp sites and an independent living dorm, and administration offices.
Certifications & Memberships
- Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc.
- Licensed Level II Residential and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
Sponsored by Eckerd and the State of Florida Department of Children & Families.