THRIVE OUTSIDE INITIATIVE

The Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Initiative awards multi-year, capacity-building grants to diverse communities to build and strengthen networks that provide children and families with repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors. This community-led initiative is built with trusted local and national partners and is supported by three years of funding. Together, we’re working to create a more inclusive and accessible outdoor experience for all.

THRIVE OUTSIDE INITIATIVE COHORT THREE COMMUNITIES

BOUlDER/DENVER, CO

Thrive Outside Boulder/Denver works to connect underserved youth to nature and the outdoors through the Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza Program.

 

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CHICAGO, IL

Thrive Outside Chicago, led by The Nature Conservancy, is bringing together an existing network of partners dedicated to reducing barriers to the outdoors by increasing meaningful outdoor engagement opportunities for youth and adults. 

 

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DETROIT, MI

Thrive Outside Detroit, led by YMCA of Metro Detroit and Detroit Outdoors, connects youth and families with outdoor recreation and nature by working with regional organizations and agencies to share resources and skills.

 

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SEATTLE, WA

Thrive Outside Seattle, led by the King County Play Equity Coalition, is bringing together regional nonprofits, for-profits, government entities, and other networks to collectively identify strategies for equitable access to outdoor spaces. 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Thrive Outside Washington, D.C. Community is a network of organizations committed to maximizing the value of public spaces along the Anacostia River to residents of Ward 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia. 

 

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THRIVE OUTSIDE INITIATIVE COHORT TWO COMMUNITIES

MAINE

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.


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PHILADELPHIA, PA

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.


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ST. LOUIS, MO

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.


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TWIN CITIES, MN

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.


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THRIVE OUTSIDE INITIATIVE COHORT ONE COMMUNITIES

ATLANTA, GA

The Thrive Outside Atlanta Community is led by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance together with a diverse network of partners in West Atlanta and along the Chattahoochee River.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

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.


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GRAND RAPIDS, MI

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.

 

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SAN DIEGO, CA

The Thrive Outside San Diego Community, led by The San Diego Foundation, is strengthening an existing network of nonprofit, philanthropic, academic and government partners.


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THRIVE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PARTNERS

1:1 donation match from Thrive Outside Community organizations.

THRIVE OUTSIDE COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS

GET IN TOUCH

STEPHANIE MAEZ

Executive Director
smaez@outdoorfoundation.org

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

JACOB FISHER

Development and Programs Manager

jfisher@outdoorfoundation.org

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