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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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Citizen Science Participation is on the Rise

December 21, 2020

Citizen science is a rapidly growing phenomenon around the world that helps democratize science and encourages everyone from elementary school students to retirees to spend more time outside and get involved in their

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Winter Reading to Inspire Outdoor Adventures

December 15, 2020

While there are lots of fun ways to spend time outdoors all year round, curling up under a blanket with a book and a mug of cocoa on a chilly evening is a great way to enjoy a little downtime in the winter when the days

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NRF Welcomes Three New Trustees

November 30, 2020

In Spring 2020, the National Recreation Foundation (NRF) partnered with Koya Leadership Partners, a leading executive search firm that works exclusively with nonprofit clients, to launch a wide-ranging public search for

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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