The Thrive Outside Initiative is focused on reversing the declining trend of outdoor engagement by working at the grassroots level, empowering communities to make outdoor recreation an accessible lifestyle for all. The Initiative awards multi-year, capacity-building grants to diverse communities to build and strengthen networks focused on providing children and families with repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors.

In its first year, The Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Community Initiative has made multi-year grants to four regions across the country: Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Oklahoma City, and San Diego.

This impact report shows us the demographics of the youth served and explores what is working and what needs improvement. In evaluating what works, early results indicate that:
  • Networks are stronger with increased capacity to focus on equity and inclusion
  • Networks have created an increased ability to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Connections to the outdoors for underserved youth and communities are stronger
Based on a third-party evaluation, positive outcomes we see in our Thrive Communities include:
  • Network Strength
  • Eco-JEDI
  • Adaptive Management
  • Innovation
  • Leverage
  • Effective Communication
  • Outdoor Connection
Download the report to view the specific numbers and learn more about the Thrive Outside Community impacts.