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Building Empathy Through Youth Recreation

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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Photo courtesy of Urban Adventure Squad

Grantee Spotlight: Urban Adventure Squad

Meaningful experiences in the outdoors can happen anywhere. While the U.S. has an impressive array of wilderness areas, national parks, and more remote outdoor spaces, there are even more city parks, urban greenways,

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NRF Is Committed to Grantee Partnership

Philanthropic organizations exist to create a better world and support positive change. Sometimes, however, common philanthropic practices perpetuate the very inequalities and social issues nonprofit organizations seek

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Replenishing Forests, One Tree at a Time

Deforestation is a major issue facing our world today. From 2015 to 2020, almost 25 million acres of forest were lost each year. The loss of forests releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere accelerating climate

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Manny Almonte Awarded NRF’s 2023 Crawford Prize

"We all belong outdoors. We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. We all want to be understood. When we create spaces for that to happen and we use nature to activate all of our senses and to remove the focus

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Nature Writing is a Gateway to Observation and Adventure

Nature writing is a powerful way to connect with outdoor spaces and other people’s experiences in the outdoors. We can read nature writing from different time periods and locations to better understand a variety of

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