Paddle Nation Grants Made Possible through Partnership with Outdoor Nation
WASHINGTON – This summer, young people across the nation will have the opportunity to get outdoors to play and explore their nearby rivers, thanks to Paddle Nation Grants, an initiative that connects young Americans with their waterways through recreational paddling. Through a partnership among the National Park Service, Outdoor Retailer, and top paddle-sport gear manufacturers and retailers, Outdoor Nation will grant $40,000 to nonprofits to support local paddling projects.
"These Paddle Nation Grants showcase the great things we can achieve when the National Park Service teams up with nonprofit and business partners to teach skills and increase youth participation in outdoor recreation activities,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Recreational paddling is one of the most accessible ways to introduce young people to outdoor adventure, empower them to have positive impacts in their communities, and build lifelong connections with nature.”
Outdoor Nation selected 17 youth-developed projects from a pool of 159 applications, choosing awardees based on their innovation, likelihood of increasing youth paddling participation, partnership potential and budget factors.
"Paddle Nation Grants will not only get more young people outside and active on America's waterways, but they will also educate and elevate the importance of protecting these resources," said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that started the Outdoor Nation movement. "As a result, millennials across the country will explore rivers, lakes and streams through a variety of different activities—from kayaking to stand up paddle boarding—while encouraging their peers to join them on the water."
This year’s grant recipients will connect young people to their waterways, including national water trails, wild and scenic rivers, and urban waterways:
Alabama: Alabama Scenic River Trail, Riverkids Program Expansion, $2,500
California: H2O Trash Patrol, Stand Up for Clean Waterways, $2,500
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on , , and YouTube.
About Outdoor Nation. Outdoor Nation is committed to increasing and expanding youth participation in outdoor recreation through entertainment, education, engagement and action in order to cultivate a healthier, more active generation. Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established by Outdoor Industry Association® to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts.