Get Teenagers Outside
Our mission is to empower young adults to cultivate intentional, healthy, and connected lives through impactful outdoor experiences with professional athlete mentors.
The Nature Project is a non-profit focused on providing under-served youth with the opportunity to experience nature alongside a collective of like-minded athletes, environmentalists and philanthropists. We believe that barriers to nature need to be broken down so youth across social, racial and economic backgrounds can experience the outdoors in an approachable and inviting way.
The Nature Project will identify under-served youth who may otherwise never have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with nature, and create opportunities for these young people to experience nature in the company of Nature Project mentors.
We strongly believe that these mentorship experiences can foster opportunities to develop a healthy and active lifestyle, self-worth, team building, inter-personal, environmental literacy skills that can shape a young persons life in profound ways.
• As of Winter 2020, we are pivoting during this time to strengthen our capacity building as an organization by updating curriculum and systems, develop new partnerships and create a Theory of Change model doing a listening tour to the communities we serve. We have hired a curriculum development and evaluation specialist to help us stay up to date on best practices and best serve our youth and communities. TNP developed a Walk and Talk campaign on our Instagram feed to remotely get our message out using our professional athlete spokespeople.
• As of Fall 2020 we have served over 2000 youth in a variety of programs in Seattle and San Francisco Bay areas. We have partnered with many other non profits including the Y of Greater Seattle, Y BOLD & GOLD, Upower, SOS, The Tulalip Tribes, Y of San Francisco, CHOICE Public School and King County Juvenile Detention Center. We have also engaged over 25 professional athletes on our programs.
• As of Summer 2019, we have established partnerships with REI, Patagonia, Keen and YMCA. We have added key staff to our team to accommodate our program and impact growth for the coming year.
• As of Jan 1, 2019, The Nature Project has 501c3 non-profit status. With this next chapter, our team will grow too. We have made three new staff hires, which will allow us to scale and grow TNP to meet the needs of a growing youth community thirsty for outdoor experiences.
• In the Spring of 2018, TNP collaborated with the YMCA to host two events. The first event was held at San Francisco’s Chrissy Field with 30 kids from inner city schools alongside TNP mentors, Kelechi Osemele and Cooper Helfet.
• The second event of 2018 took place in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area north of San Francisco where more than 80 kids from the YMCA enjoyed an afternoon with TNP and a crew of their favorite athletes, including TNP mentors Marshawn Lynch, Marcus Peters, Josh Johnson, Jalen Richard, Nick Bowden, and UFC Legend Tareq Azim.
• The Nature Project (TNP) was initially established a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) housed by The Seattle Foundation. In 2017, we raised $60,000 through private donations from very passionate champions of our foundation in the Greater Seattle Area.
• In April 2017, The Nature Project launched with a four-day event off the coast of Seattle at IslandWood involving two-hundred elementary school students, and TNP mentors DeShawn Shead, Sidney Rice, Jermaine Kearse, and Rachel Pohl.
We are transforming our impact model into a more intensive mentorship approach. Our professional athlete mentors will have the opportunity to work with a consistent group of teenagers across multiple touchpoints throughout the year. We will be teaching each group of athletes & youth more in-depth skillsets within a specific outdoor activity track; further improving their relationship with the great outdoors & unlocking space for more organic, vulnerable moments over the course of the year. Our hope is that this transformation empowers us to have a more significant impact on a more focused group of future leaders. Our athletes are incredibly excited to work with their individual groups of 10 teens each to help them grow over a more extended period of time.