Our Mission

Our mission is to use environmental and outdoor adventure education to empower under-resourced urban youth. We strive to develop essential life skills, appreciation for the outdoors, and the capacity to become caregivers for our environment.

“Thanks to Gateway to the Great Outdoors, I am now more proud of my environment.”

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

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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.