“THROUGH THE EXPLORE FUND WE HELP SUPPORT AMAZING ORGANIZATIONS
AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE WORKING TO GIVE YOUTH AND FAMILIES THE
OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE NATURE FREELY. SINCE WE STARTED THE EXPLORE
FUND IN 2010, WELL OVER 100,000 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONNECTED TO
THE OUTDOORS THROUGH EXPLORE FUND GRANTEES.
-Ann Krcik, Director of Brand Communications and Outdoor Exploration
With the average American child reported to be spending more
than 44 hours a week engaged with electronic media, there has never
been a greater need to connect people with the outdoors. In pursuit
of this challenge, our goal is to inspire the next generation of
explorers and conservationists by helping them discover nature's playground.
To help ignite a global movement of outdoor exploration, love for
the natural world and an unwavering commitment to protect it, we
welcome new participants to the outdoors through HUNDREDS
OF EVENTS sponsored by The North Face each year. In addition to
these activities, we extend our reach through support of partners
connecting participants with close-to-home recreation opportunities,
and creating a connection with young leaders, inspiring them to
explore and conserve. And, our Explore Fund grants help exceptional
nonprofit organizations encourage participants to experience outdoor
activities and develop an enduring appreciation of the outdoors.