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

Workshop Activity: Nuclear Disaster
Workshop Activity: Nuclear Disaster

Train the Trainer: A Reflection on the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program

August 13, 2019

The National Recreation Foundation (NRF) funded nineteen nonprofit leaders whose organizations focus on youth-development through recreation to attend the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program (NELP) in Atlanta,

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Kevin Naaman
Kevin Naaman at the Grand Canyon

Introducing NRF's New Hartsoe Fellow, Kevin Naaman

August 9, 2019

Kevin Naaman recently joined National Recreation Foundation (NRF) as its new Charles E. Hartsoe Fellow. The prior Hartsoe Fellow, Ryan Zwart, is transitioning to Montreat College now that his Ph.D. studies are coming to

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Ryan Zwart
Ryan Zwart

NRF Hartsoe Fellow, Ryan Zwart, Says Goodbye

August 5, 2019

Dear National Recreation Foundation Trustees, Grantees and Staff, It has been a great pleasure to work with the Foundation and interact with you all over the course of the last four years. I am incredibly grateful for

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At A Glance


youth served


invested in youth recreation programs


grants made


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