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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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Photo courtesy of Laru Beya Collective

Water Safety Skills are Essential

July 10, 2024

Summer is a great time to enjoy being in and around water for people of all ages. Whether its swimming at the local pool, time at the beach, paddling on a lake, or fishing in a river – water-based recreation helps us

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Photo courtesy of Camp Fire

New Report Sheds Light on Gender Affirming Practices for Youth

June 21, 2024

NRF knows that outdoor recreation is a powerful tool for positive youth development. We also know that this can only be successful when everyone feels welcome and safe in every sense of the word – mentally,

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Meet Melissa Muth Martinez, NRF's New Manager of Operations and Impact

June 13, 2024

NRF is thrilled to welcome Melissa Muth Martinez to our team as the new Manager of Operations and Impact. Melissa comes to us with a strong background in education, youth development, and college access. Melissa is

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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