Chicago, IL – Avex is supporting Higher Ground Sun Valley organization’s Military Division with donations of water bottles with patent-pending Autospout technology. Higher Ground provides disabled individuals the opportunity to participate in competitive and outdoor activities. The organization’s Military Division employs therapeutic recreation to help injured service members gain the physical skills, confidence and coping strategies necessary to successfully reintegrate into their families and communities.
Salt Lake City, UT – This January at the 2013 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show, Utah governor Gary R. Herbert released Utah’s Outdoor Recreation Vision. The document addresses the value of outdoor recreation for the economy of Utah and gives guidelines and policy recommendations to enhance outdoor recreation and related industries in Utah. For more information or to view the full Utah Outdoor Recreation Vision document, visit utah.gov/governor/docs/outdoorrecreationvision.pdf.
Boulder, CO – In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Polar Bottle’s line of benefit bottles for local and national charities is expanding with a new line of American Red Cross bottles that will support American Red Cross disaster relief.
Alameda, CA – The North Face’s Explore Fund grants have completed its second round of awards, totaling more than $140,000 granted to 58 projects impacting more than 80,000 American youth.
The program began in 2010 and has provided over $1 million in grants to inspire youth to get out and explore the outdoors. The Explore Fund spring grant cycle will be announced early in 2013. Information on this cycle’s grantees can be found at www.explorefund.org.
Washington, D.C. – Outdoor Nation is now accepting applications for Paddle Nation Project Grants. The initiative is in its second year and will award $2,500 to at least 20 paddle projects across the U.S. aimed at connecting young Americans with recreational paddling.
Seattle, WA – Not-for-profit organization Splore out of Salt Lake City, Utah and Forest Hills Elementary out of Sidman, Pennsylvania were chosen as winners of Tubbs Snowhoes’ “Get Outdoors” Kids’ Contest.
Splore and Forest Hills will be awarded 30-40 snowshoes, along with Tubbs’ Winter Fit for Kids programming. Splore’s program seeks to get youth outside during the winter 3-5 times per week, while Forest Hill’s programming will reach 400+ P.E. students and after-school program participants. In exchange for the snowshoes and programming, the winners will be sharing their activities and experiences with Tubbs followers.
Vancouver, BC – This winter Arc’teryx is partnering with the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) Homeless Outreach Program to give out hundreds of waterproof capes to the homeless. The capes are built with insulated waterproof material to keep out the rain and protect against lower temperatures during the wet and cold months.
The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) in conjunction with over 100 outdoor recreation businesses has urged President Obama to proclaim the Greater Canyonlands a national monument.
Signers include Patagonia, Camelbak, Eastern Mountain Sports and Prana, as well as local Utah businesses such as Rim Tours, Moab Cliffs and Canyons, and Canyon Voyages Adventure Company.
According to the Department of Environment Conservation (DEC), watchable wildlife is the fastest growing segment for family travel. In collaboration with the DEC, New York State, which ranks fifth in the U.S. for watchable wildlife participants, is introducing a new program in response to the growing trend.
The New York State Watchable Wildlife program informs outdoor participants about how and where to safely view local species like black bears, bald eagles, moose, river otters, and an array of birds.