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We wanted to take the time to send a huge THANK YOU to our generous sponsors at Patagonia, REI, Black Diamond and to all of the incredible people who have donated to Reimagine Outdoors. We could not have done any of this without you. 100% of your donations go completely towards helping these nonprofits build programming and changing the lives of so many.
All of us at Reimagine Outdoors are so grateful of this community, and your passion to help people in underserved communities have access to nature, mental health and experience.
Thank you with love, Christine, Akil, Jessie & Rachele
Pigtown Climbs - Gear bank
WE ARE SO EXCITED to be apart of this program! Reimagine Outdoors donated new sleeping bags, tents and climbing harness to help create more awareness and accessibility to nature.
Pigtown Climbs is building up their GearUP lending program, to provide affordable rentals for your next outdoor adventure. Their growing inventory can minimize upfront costs for outdoor programming / adventure, minimize community wide environmental impact and increase access to the outdoors!
Tristate Hikers first backpacking trip, introducing Brooklyn youth to backpacking and camping. It was a 2-day trip up the Hudson Valley where they hiked the famous Appalachian Trail and learned about team building, knot tying, chopping logs, surviving in the outdoors, and Leave No Trace Principles.
Tristate Hikers Inc. is a non-profit organization in NYC whose mission is to promote mental health awareness through guided hikers, backpacking trips and overnight camping. Tristate Hikers recognize the need for more accessibility to the outdoors for persons with limited resources and nuances. Their weekly hikes are open to anyone who wish to spend time in nature to heal and improve overall mental health. Check them out HERE !
YES Boston - first bipoc Camping Trip
This was the first BIPOC outdoor camping and hiking trip to be offered by YES Boston. The program offered income challenged Boston teens a 2-day camping trip to Orange, New Hampshire at Mount Cardigan. Teens were exposed to a new environment and was able to complete the hike/climb summit of Mount Cardigan. They learned about maps and navigation, setting up camps and tents, how to pack a hiking pack, building a fire, and followed the Leave No Trace Principles. Reimagine Outdoors is super excited to provide all the tents and sleeping bags for this trip with the support of our generous donors. “This was the first trip in my five years working here (at YES) on staff that was intentionally BIPOC. It was an incredible opportunity and supportive space for our young leaders of color to recreate in the outdoors with top of line equipment. A cleansing of the spirit and renewed connection to mother nature.” – YES Staff Mentor
YES Leadership Corps is a program allowing Boston teens the opportunity to develop their leadership potential as they participate in and coach outdoor activities for youth ages 7-12. YES LC programs focus on leadership development, college preparation and outdoor enrichment activities.
Young WOmen who crush - Hike, camp, climb
Young Women Who Crush teamed up with Rise Outside for their first 3-day camping and climbing trip this summer. It involved 25 women and 5 mentors climbing, hiking, swimming, camping, star gazing, fire watching and s’mores making in Rumney, New Hampshire. Reimagine Outdoors is so proud to be able to provide tents, sleeping bags and harnesses fo this trip. We cannot wait to see more adventures from YWWC and Rise Outside!
For more information: Young Women Who Crush is a nonprofit organization empowering NYC high school girls and gender expansive youth through indoors and outdoors rock climbing.
Rise Outside is a nonprofit organization offering outdoor education and guided experiences on rock, ice, trail and anywhere they can connect with nature. They create mentorship opportunities and programming for groups who have traditionally encountered barriers to realizing their potential outside.
YES BOston - disc GolF
Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is excited to introduce disc golf for the first time to their summer activities this year! YES Leadership Corps Boston is an organization whose mission is to inspire youth through outdoors experiences and leadership opportunities that build confidence and prepare them to summit life's challenges. We love working with them for this reason!
We are so stoked to be able to donate all the gear needed for this program and get kids outside, and trying new things.
Reimagine Outdoors donated a large supply of tents and sleeping bags this year to Pigtown Climbs in SW Baltimore to help provide more access to the outdoors. Now, they will be offering their first ever weekend camping trip this September in Virginia. The goal is hike, teach basic camping and climbing skills. .
Pigtown Climbs is a community-led organization that aims to use climbing to strengthen Southwest Baltimore and promote racial justice, health, and environmental initiatives. They are working to transform an overgrown lot on the Pigtown Mainstreet Corridor into an accessible community climbing and gathering space.
This Spring, we donated harnesses to an amazing group called Young Women Who Crush and Rise Outside.
Young Women Who Crush is a rock climbing and leadership development program serving young women and gender-expansive youth from NYC public schools. YWWC empowers its participants to recognize their own power and potential through climbing, mentorship, and community. YWWC’s curriculum is designed to help young women recognize their own strength and realize their potential through a discipline they may not have experienced before: climbing. The YWWC program empowers girls to become not just climbers, but leaders in both their communities and the outdoors.
Reimagine Outdoors was lucky enough to gear Rise Outside's grantee!
Rise Outside offers outdoor education and guided experiences on rock, ice, trail and anywhere they connect with nature. Rise Outside creates mentorship opportunities for diverse leaders and funds programming for groups who have traditionally encountered barriers to realize their potential outside.
A great winter for Taos Pueblo Ski / Snowboard kids! They had a great weather with lots of new snow, plus an awesome presentation by Taos Ski Avalanche group!
Special Thanks to Charles N. Romero Snow Sports program and Share Winter
Charles N. Romero Snowsports Program
Charles N. Romero Snow Sports Program is in full effect! Reimagine Outdoors donated about 40 snow jackets and pants to the Taos Pueblo Snow Sports Alliance nonprofit this winter.
"Under the Charles N. Romero Snowsports Program, Pueblo Youth will ski for five days and receive lift tickets, snow sport apparel, equipment rentals and options for full or half-day lessons." - Will Hooper
This winter, Reimagine Outdoors was able to donate ski jackets and pants to AALV. AALV is a non-profit organization that helps new Americans from all parts of the world gain independence in their new communities through a rand of integration services. Including bridging case management, workforce development, behavioral health awareness and interpreter services programming.
Through our brand partners and amazing donors, Reimagine Outdoors was able to provide PILA Global with some clothing this winter. PILA Global provides innovative education for children and families impacted by displacement and poverty. For children who live in refugee camps, migrant shelters or in abject poverty, early education is often missing altogether. PILA Global supports under-served communities around the globe with Nests, or early learning spaces.
This winter, we partnered with Share Winter Foundation to help collect new snow and ski gear for their grantees. Share Winter Foundation is a grant making organization working to improve the lives, health, and fitness of youth through winter sports. They are working to create a more inclusive, more diverse, and more welcoming winter sports community. They are striving to make winter sports accessible to a broader, more diverse community, and share winter with 100,000 youth by 2028.
We celebrate people from all ages, races, genders, class, size and preferences. At the very basis of Reimagine Outdoors, we exist to help people heal in the outdoors.
We are committed to serving communities that align with our mission.
OUR FIRST DONATION - Color the water
Reimagine Outdoors is super excited to share our first donation to an amazing nonprofit, Color The Water. Color the Water is a Los Angeles based organization whose mission is for BIPOC to reclaim space in the ocean through joyful, defiant anti-racist surf lessons, celebrations, education, and media.
We were able to support and donate over 20 wetsuits and some booties to their community and help people get into the water.