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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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Grantee Spotlight: Q&A with Black Outside

Black Outside, Inc. received a 2022 Outdoor Grant from NRF. Funding supports Black Outside’s Charles Roundtree Bloom Project. Based in San Antonio, the program aims to create a space of communal healing for youth

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Youth Outdoor Recreation in an Era of Extreme Heat

Recent heatwaves in Europe, North America, and many other parts of the world serve as examples of the troubling weather patterns that are on the rise as a result of climate change. 15 of the 16 warmest years on record

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Photo courtesy of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Grantee Spotlight: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the greatest American athletes of all time. She competed in the heptathlon and the long jump in four Olympic games, winning six medals. But before she became a track and field legend,

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The Role of LGBTQ+ Spaces in Outdoor Recreation

June is Pride month, a time to celebrate the full range of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences. Pride can mean parades, parties, and corporate visibility campaigns, but it’s also a good time to examine the ways we offer

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