A heartfelt thanks to The North Face (TNF) Explore Fund, for awarding NPT a grant that will facilitate a partnership with Dare2BNYC to provide park experiences for homeless children in New York City (NYC). By granting NPT an Explore Fund Grant, The North Face will provide 15 to 20 homeless children (middle and high school) in NYC with the opportunity to participate in an 8-week Buddy Bison program where they will complete a series of conservation, stewardship and educational activities at park sites throughout NYC during the summer and early fall of 2014. They also will learn about career opportunities in the conservation arena.
TNF is a founding partner of the Outdoor Foundation, which has created the Outdoor Nation initiative to mobilize our youth to participate in the outdoor movement. Both the Outdoor Fund and The North Face Explore Fund are dedicated to empowering children and young adults to explore nature, regardless of their circumstances.
Ann Krcik, director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face, shared why TNF supports efforts like those of NPT: "These organizations are grounded in the belief that if you can get kids to love the outdoors, not only will they develop skills that will help them throughout life, but they will grow up to care about their natural world, protecting the places they explore.” Through this partnership, NPT can provide critical personnel and financial resources to make conservation relevant to children who were unaware of and lack the opportunity to experience our parks.