Growing up with
The Nature Connection

Eliminating the barriers to getting outside by providing fun, active, and educational outdoor experiences for youth and families in our community.

Through surveys and discussions with community members we have identified three ways to break down the barriers to getting outside: Developing a rich array of year round Outdoor Programs for kids and families to build confidence and skills,  developing new Places close to communities and schools where kids, families and teachers can enjoy access to outdoor activities and programs, and offering job Pathways so that youth in our community can be the next generation of land stewards


School Programs

Summer Camps

Family Programs

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We envision a future where every child in our community can access trails and outdoor learning opportunities directly from their school yards. So far we’ve worked with GOCO and our coalition partners to invest close to $2 million to build connecting trails, climbing boulders, outdoor classrooms and more!