Get kids outside.
Our mission is to provide transformative outdoor experiences alongside athletes and mentors passionate about the outdoors.
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.
Moving forward, we will lean on and learn from the success of our last event as a model for how we intend to shape The Nature Project in the coming year. We are planning six more events reaching 60-80 students each with a diversity of professional athletes and mentors in 2018. We are also moving toward being more versatile by doing more satellite missions in hometowns of professional athletes and mentors. Our goal is to plant 1,000 under-served students in nature by the end of 2019. We are continuing to invest our resources in building our organization for sustainable growth so we may continue to impact underserved youth in transformative ways for years to come.