As we reflect on the past decade and look to the future, there are some key lessons we’ve learned along the way.
A systemic approach opens up access to the outdoors
There are many barriers to exploration. Working collaboratively with partners across public, private and nonprofits is the best way to address these barriers systematically.
Connecting with communities creates explorers for life
Long-term sustained programs have the most impact. Rather than shooting for large numbers of superficial experiences, we fund organizations that build meaningful engagements with communities over time.
Exploration is not one-size-fits-all
There is plenty of work ahead of us to create solutions around the experiences and cultural preferences of communities often excluded from the outdoors. Allowing communities to define their own outdoor experiences is where we see the greatest opportunity for impact.
The best partnerships are symbiotic
A crucial key to lasting impact is working collaboratively with trusted partners. Over the last 10 years, our partners have been at the forefront of meaningful solutions, helping us continually and successfully evolve our work.
Broader impact begins with balanced funding
Traditional conservation programs are stronger when they include resources to create access to those parks and protected landscapes. Elevating and connecting access and programming resources alongside conservation funding is a win-win.