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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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Adolescent to Adult: Recreation in a Time of Transition

May 28, 2021

When we think about youth recreation, it’s easy to picture elementary school kids exploring a neighborhood park or high school athletes gearing up for practice. But we also know that the needs we have as kids don’t

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Positive Coaching Workshop Highlights Youth Development in Sports

May 24, 2021

Last month, NRF partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to offer a workshop for our grantees focused on making youth athletic programming more meaningful for participants. While PCA’s work is generally

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Photo Credit: Capturing WNC Photography

Lessons from Muddy Sneakers: Outdoor Science Learning is Especially Powerful for Girls

April 28, 2021

Learning outside can have all kinds of advantages for students who don’t perform at their best in a traditional classroom setting. While outdoor learning has become a popular idea during the pandemic, lots 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