February 27th, 2017

Eagle Creek and Parks4Kids Help 4th Graders Experience the Great Outdoors

Eagle Creek and Parks4Kids Help 4th Graders Experience the Great Outdoors

Here at Eagle Creek, we want to connect young and old alike with our own love of the great outdoors. That’s just one of the reasons why we enjoy partnering with Parks4Kids. Have you ever heard of them? Parks4Kids is a campaign spearheaded by the Outdoor Foundation and Outdoor Industry Association to give every young American a valuable park experience. Their main objective is to connect at least 100,000 kids with meaningful park experiences by 2020, leading to the creation of a nation of outdoor enthusiasts.

 

In 2016, we funded programs that received the most nominations by our employees. It was fun to get everyone involved and we’re proud to say that through this program, we’re able to play a big part in getting 4th graders outside.

Read on to learn about just some of the trips that were especially important to Creekers. We want to give a big thanks to the Outdoor Foundation for connecting us with this ever-important task of getting kids outside, active, and educating them on the wonders that lie in nature.

Southern Oregon School Districts 

For many kids, the first time seeing snow is a magical and unforgettable experience. 300 students from Southern Oregon were rewarded the opportunity to snowshoe at Mt. Ashland Ski Resort, many for their very first time. The best part is that the Mt. Ashland Association educated the kids on the science of snow and the different snow activities they can take part in during the winter.

Seeing Snow for the First Time

Concrete Elementary School 

During the summertime, many kids are at risk of learning loss and hunger. Through the Concrete Summer Learning Adventures program, in partnership with the Cascades National Park, 65 students from the Washington area were able to explore the National Park every week. The students, for example, were exposed to learning more about their local ecosystems and even met horses that work with the trail crew! Most importantly, they were always given a healthy, nourishing meal every day, contributing to their learning.

Hunger & Learning Loss

Central Valley California School Districts 

Youth in Yosemite is an organization that seeks to help under-resourced and incarcerated foster youth by empowering them to get outdoors. Ron Kauk, a well-known rock climber and Yosemite Ambassador, led 150 students on day and multi-day camping trips, many of which had never been on intensive hiking or camping expeditions before the program.

Youth in Yosemite

Chico School District 

Cast Hope’s mission is to help students understand river ecology and the importance of sustainable environmental practices, as well as mentors them in life skills such as persistence, confidence, and decision-making. This past summer, 110 under-resourced students were able to experience their first time fishing and to feel the excitement and accomplishment of catching their very first fish.

Cast Hope

If you would like to find out more or want to contribute to this campaign, visit parksforkids.info. 

by Catharina Nilsson

Catharina is our current Marketing intern here at Eagle Creek and is very passionate about traveling to faraway places and immersing herself within different cultures. Her hopes and dreams include living in Europe/Australia, sharing her international experiences with a larger audience through writing for a company with an international focus, and gaining more experience working in the outdoors industry. She also loves yoga, long road trips (preferably along the coast), and country music. 

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