Participant Survey Results:
The mission of Gateway to the Great Outdoors (GGO) is to empower underserved youth to access the natural environment through classroom and field-based environmental education and leadership development. This program allows students to experience the natural wonders of the outdoors while also providing them with mentorship and academic support.
“We don’t only learn in the class sessions about pollution, we get to go out and see how it hurts nature”
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.