The Explore Fund Empowers Future Explorers by Removing Barriers to Getting Outside
Today, we’re excited to announce that the Colorado Mountain Club has been chosen as a 2019 The North Face Explore Fund grant recipient!
With the support of The North Face, we will be supporting the Mountain Explorer’s Program, a weeklong outdoor education course provided to elementary aged youth during the summer months. It uses Colorado’s abundant open spaces, state parks, and national forest areas as its classroom to teach mountain ecosystems, outdoor survival, and responsible recreation in the mountains.
The program incorporates activities such as canoeing, hiking, and rock climbing to instill teamwork, self-awareness, leadership, and decision-making skills. Students and parents consistently rate the program as exceptional in inspiring a personal connection to Colorado’s mountains and creating a sense of stewardship of the outdoors. We will build and expand the program to serve students from low income backgrounds.
The Colorado Mountain Club is one of 42 Explore Fund grantees this year across a diverse range of organizations helping to remove barriers to get people outside.
“For nearly 10 years, The North Face has been working to increase equity in the outdoors through the Explore Fund,” said Eric Raymond, Director of Social Impact and Advocacy for The North Face. “The Explore Fund searches out and supports organizations that use the power of exploration and the benefits of nature to strengthen communities around the country.”
The North Face has been encouraging exploration since the brand’s inception – from our national monuments to local parks and trails close to our backyards. Knowing that exploration can be a force for good, they created the Explore Fund in 2010 to build a movement of outdoor exploration and empower future explorers. Since then, they have granted $3.75 million to more than 600 programs, helping people of all backgrounds and all experiences to explore the outdoors.