Mission

Gateway to the Great Outdoors (GGO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing urban, low-income, at-risk youth with opportunities to interact with the natural environment through lessons and activities that instill a value of environmentalism, leadership, teamwork, science, and physical activity.

 

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WE BELIEVE THAT CONSISTENT MENTORSHIP AND THE LIFE SKILLS GAINED FROM OUTDOOR EXPLORATION OFFER CHILDREN THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED

 “We don’t only learn in the class sessions about pollution, we get to go out and see how it hurts nature” 

What we do

Gateway to the Great Outdoors empowers children from urban areas by providing them the opportunity to explore and learn from the natural environment. Outdoor exploration fosters self-confidence and helps to develop leadership skills that are essential for all youth. At Gateway to the Great Outdoors, we run regular after school programming and monthly weekend outdoors trips for middle school children from low income communities.  We help these students unlock their own leadership potential by ensuring that the children receive the necessary emotional and empowering support needed to succeed. More importantly, we seek to foster a positive relationship with learning and the natural world that will give our students tools to enjoy and protect the environment.