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