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Community Engagement

“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.