The Outdoor Foundation is dedicated to getting people outside for their health, the health of communities and the health of the outdoor industry. Through community investment and groundbreaking research, we work with partners across the country to address equity barriers and help make the outdoors accessible for all.
The Thrive Outside network reached 14,849 youths in eight communities nationwide throughout 2021. Read more about the tremendous progress made last year in building the Thrive Outside network throughout the country.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans turned to the outdoors, some for the first time and others for the first time in many years. Learn more about our unprecedented opportunity to grow and diversify the outdoor community.
The Thrive Outside Grand Rapids Community is led by Our Community’s Children, a partnership of the City of Grand Rapids & Grand Rapids Public Schools & the Parks & Recreation Department.
The Thrive Outside Maine Community, led by the Nature Based Education Consortium (NBEC), is strengthening an existing statewide network of nonprofit, philanthropic, and business partners.
The Thrive Outside Oklahoma City Community is led by the OKC RIVERSPORT Foundation together with a broad-based network of partners infusing an active, outdoor lifestyle among youth.
The Thrive Outside Philadelphia Community, led by the National Wildlife Federation, is bringing together several regional organizations, stakeholders and existing large-scale networks to collectively create pathways for equitable access to the outdoors.
The Thrive Outside St. Louis Community, led by newly created River City Outdoors, is activating a growing network of community stakeholders dedicated to making outdoor recreational opportunities more accessible and equitable for their region.
The Thrive Outside Twin Cities Community, led by Wilderness Inquiry, is using community organizing techniques to coalesce a new and diverse group of partners to help families connect with the outdoors on the Mississippi River and other local waters.
1:1 donation match from Thrive Outside Community organizations.
Jen Mull Neuhaus
Former CEO, Backwoods
Applied Innovation Leader, NAXION
Director of Marketing Operations, Seirus Innovative Accessories
Associate Executive Director, Outdoor Outreach
President, Thule Group
Vice President of Marketing – EMEA, YETI
R.W. Baird & Co
Partner and Co-founder,
KRS Strategy Group