Fewer than 18 percent of Americans recreate outside once per week, and fewer than 50 percent report getting outside even once per year, according to the Outdoor Foundation's Outdoor Participation Report.
The Outdoor Foundation's Thrive Outside Community Initiative will award multi-year capacity- building grants to diverse communities in order to create or strengthen partnerships between existing local organizations such as schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs and nonprofit conservation and outdoor organizations that create repeat and reinforcing positive outdoor experiences for kids and families. The core goal of the Thrive Outside Community investments is to create healthy individuals, communities and economies by making the outdoors a habit. Read more about the plans for these cities below.
Live or work in one of these cities? Let us know how your network partners are connecting with communities to promote youth education providers reaching wider numbers of city residents in access to healthy outdoor environments, and experiential outdoor education.
The Foundation recently announced its inaugural Thrive Outside Communities in Atlanta, Georgia; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San Diego, California; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma