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Let's Get Outside

We believe in the power of outdoor recreation and the value of a strong connection with nature.

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On the Road to Healthy Lifestyles

We support programs that seek to increase physical activity with the goal of fostering and modeling healthy lifestyles.

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Experience Challenge

Self-confidence grows from learning new skills, gaining new knowledge and successfully completing new endeavors.

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Our Focus is Youth

We strongly believe that rewarding recreational experiences can improve the lives of young people in need.

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Recent News

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Caitlin plants native rainforest trees alongside her students while working as an environmental educator in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Meet Caitlin Reilly, NRF’s New Hartsoe Fellow

September 9, 2020

Caitlin Reilly has joined our team as the newest National Recreation Foundation (NRF) Charles E. Hartsoe Fellow. Caitlin is a current M.S. student in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North

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Taking the Classroom Outdoors! Is it as Equitable as it Sounds?

August 14, 2020

Environmental educators, along with park and recreation professionals, have been presented with an opportunity. The outdoor industry has a chance to partner with school systems to get kids out of the classroom, where

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NRF and Sport Court Partner to Provide Sports Floors to Grantees

August 7, 2020

  NRF regularly seeks ways to support its grantees beyond direct financial support. Our goal is to build the capacity of grantee institutions, as well as find ways to enhance programs and extend the resources of

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At A Glance

47K+

youth served

$1.76M

invested in youth recreation programs

45+

grants made

$18M

to 180+ organizations across the U.S. in the past decade