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COVID-19 Response Among NRF Grantees

October 19, 2021

In 2020, grantee organizations faced a slew of new obstacles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to know how the organizations we support adapted to the new circumstances and while every grantee organization

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Nature Can Boost Positive Youth Development

Positive youth development (PYD) is a key aspect of many youth recreation programs. While PYD sounds like industry jargon, it is simply an approach to engaging with young people that works towards positive life outcomes

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Image courtesy of Outdoors Empowered Network

NRF & Tom's of Maine Team Up to Promote Equitable Access to Nature

One of NRF’s core values is health. We care about healthy people, healthy communities, and a healthy environment. That’s why we’re teaming up with a company that shares this focus. Tom’s of Maine creates

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Outdoor Play in the Era of Climate Change

There are many different barriers that prevent people from engaging in outdoor recreation. Limited access to transportation, leisure time, and greenspace as well as high gear costs and a lack of social support are just

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Youth Voices Are Needed to Spark Environmental Action

The recent UN report on climate change received a lot of media coverage for the alarming data it presented and for the emphasis its authors placed on the need for dramatic action to combat the devastating effects of a

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Participatory Evaluation is Key for Equitable Work

When organizations dedicate a ton of time and energy to working directly with youth, investing additional resources into evaluating that work in meaningful ways can feel overwhelming. Evaluation is complicated and can

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