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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

Two boys stand with fishing gear and smile big at the camera
Photo courtesy of The Humble Hustle

New Cohort of Outdoor Grantees Invites Youth Outside

February 21, 2024

Across all of our grant programs, NRF is ultimately working towards a world in which all kids can spend time outside in ways they enjoy and feel prepared to contribute meaningfully to a better future for themselves,

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A group of people stand in a circle outside with their arms around each other
Photo courtesy of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

Communities of Care: Siċaŋġu Health Initiative and Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

February 12, 2024

Often, the real magic of successful youth programs is creating a community of care. Care for each other, care for oneself, and care for the environment are at the root of the work NRF grantees do with kids. While these

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A group of children stand together outside and smile at the camera

Building Empathy Through Youth Recreation

January 23, 2024

Empathy is the human trait of understanding the feelings of someone else and experiencing those emotions on some level as your own. Empathy is critical to our collective hopes for creating a more just and sustainable

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Year At A Glance

34.5K+

youth served

$2.41M

invested in youth recreation programs

96

grants made

$19.4M

to 270+ organizations across the U.S. in the past decade