Building the Movement, One Trek at a Time
Through local outings, conservation-oriented activities, and leadership training, Sierra Club Outdoors programs support John Muir's assertion that people who experience wilderness firsthand are much more likely to preserve it for future generations.
Inspiring Connections Outdoors
The Inspiring Connections Outdoors program promotes appreciation for and protection of the natural environment, creating opportunities for personal development through outdoor adventures, leadership training, and environmental education for people who might not otherwise have the opportunity. "Whenever kids fall in love with the outdoors, they become the future stewards," says San Francisco Bay Outings Leader Sina Szabados. "In 20 years, they will be the next us. My biggest goal is to empower them and make them want to get outside and get away from their TVs and video games."
Sierra Club Outdoors, through its Military Outdoors program, has successfully worked to bring 50,000 service members, veterans, and their family members outside. In addition to increasing physical activity, outdoor recreation and education has successfully been used to improve academic performance, reduce stress and anxiety, and even mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in military veterans returning from active service. The Sierra Club Foundation is currently funding The Great Outdoors Lab, a groundbreaking research study documenting the biological and emotional effects of spending time outdoors. The project is a collaboration between the Sierra Club, REI, and University of California - Berkeley.
By supporting Sierra Club Outdoors, the Foundation is building a stronger, healthier, more inclusive environmental movement by employing a combination of strategies to reach across economic bounds, cultures, and communities to encourage people to explore and enjoy the wild places that surround them. Getting outdoors is good for all of us.
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