HELP BRING LIFE-CHANGING OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES TO URBAN STUDENTS.

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OUR MISSION

To develop empowered and curious young leaders in urban communities through life-changing outdoor experiences.

The Discover Outdoors Foundation is a nonprofit adventure-based leadership program for New York City students from low-income neighborhoods. Our program is designed to shift community cultures to value outdoor recreation, to teach the importance of environmental stewardship, and to cultivate diverse leaders in the outdoor industry.

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OUR IMPACT

We envision a world where every young person has the opportunity to become a courageous leader in their community.

Our wilderness guides mentor teens as they learn fundamental outdoor skills through transformative expeditions. We aim to inspire a diverse generation of outdoor enthusiasts, academic go-getters, and environmental stewards.

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BY THE NUMBERS

We empower students from Kindergarten through grade 12 by partnering with schools and community organizations in New York City.

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1,705

students have been impacted

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181

teachers have been served

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524

hours of outdoor education

Our success is measured through year-to-year retention in our program, proficiency in outdoor skills, as well as positive improvements around commitment to learning, social competencies, and sense-of-self.

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The Discover Outdoors Foundation has expanded my horizons. I've been able to try new things like rock climbing and swimming. The trips have changed how I think and how I approach problems at home and at school. The Discover Outdoors Foundation has helped me build trust and given me the skills to work better with others. It’s changed my life.

SAM

Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
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