Growing up with
Eliminating the barriers to getting outside by providing fun, active, and educational outdoor experiences for youth and families in our community.
The Nature Connection believes that every child regardless of privilege deserves to breathe the crisp air on the ski trails of the Grand Mesa, paddle the snowmelt cascading from the mountains and mesas and develop their own personal connection to the natural world. All too often, barriers emerge preventing so many kids from having these formative experiences. Rural communities in Delta and Montrose County do not necessarily face distance barriers as kids can often see mountains, rivers and mesas from their school yard and homes, but instead face varied physical and economic barriers to getting outside.
The mission of The Nature Connection:
- Breaking down barriers through access to outdoor gear that is often prohibitively expensive
- Providing programs in schools that get kids active and moving and building confidence to explore on their own
- Empowering families with programs throughout the year so they can to weave a love for the outdoors into the fabric of their lives
One of our GenWild Initiatives is to create “Places” where our communities can engage with the outdoors. So far, we have installed climbing boulders at all elementary schools, bicycle trails and a pump track, seating areas, StoryWalks™ and more.
BIKE TRAILS & TRACKS