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a young man uses tools to hand build a boat
Photo courtesy of the Camping & Education Foundation

Grantee Spotlight: Camping & Education Foundation

The Camping & Education Foundation (CEF) has been in operation for almost 100 years. For most of that time, CEF has focused on providing wilderness expedition experiences through immersive summer camp programs in the

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Reflections from Grantee Reports

Every year, NRF grantees tell us about the work that they’ve accomplished over the course of their grant period. Every year, we get the opportunity to appreciate all the effort each organization puts into making their

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Outdoor Recreation and Climate Change

Historically, outdoor recreation and environmental conservation often were interconnected. For example, the national park system in the U.S. was established both to conserve natural resources and create places for

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A little boy smiles while leaning on a tree stump in the woods
Photo courtesy of Backyard Basecamp

New Cohort of Grantees Fosters Outdoor Connection

In 2021, the National Recreation Foundation (NRF) and Tom’s of Maine (TOM) decided to work together to ensure that the next generation of kids has more equitable access to outdoor recreation and education experiences

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Arshay Cooper Awarded NRF’s 2022 Crawford Prize

  “For a lot of young people out there, the question is: ‘How do I allow this fire inside of me to shine brighter than the fire that happens around me?’ I think the answer is the power of outdoors.” –

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Two people kayak together on a lake.

Outdoor Experiences Can Support Diversity Education Goals Among College Students

The outdoors has long been a place for people to explore what they’re capable of and who they want to be. For young people who pursue higher education, college is also a time to think about identity and meet people

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