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More Kids in the Woods National Recipients:

  • Earth Stewardship Program - Bitterroot National Forest , Hamilton, Mont., $121,855; This project will reach more than 400 seventh graders in the Bitterroot Valley with authentic stewardship and cultural experiences on public lands to help connect youth with nature and their cultural community.
  • Forest Fun and Native Arts Camp - Clearwater National Forest & Nez Perce Tribe, Grangeville, Idaho; $39,300; This project will expand a successful summer camp to three new locations across the Nez Perce Indian Reservation and will integrate nature resource education with Nez Perce cultural arts.
  • Kids Take Flight Educational Program - White River National Forest & Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Glenwood Springs, Colo., $38,000; This program will reach 500 kids, age 6-12, with unique hands-on wildlife experiences such as releasing rosy-finches, experiencing dragonfly metamorphosis and investigating owls.
  • Four Mile Ranch Environmental Education - San Juan National Forest & Audubon, Colorado Pagosa Springs, Colo. , $65,353; The Four Mile Ranch Environmental Education program provides local elementary school students with hands-on, experiential science education and outdoor learning opportunities.
  • Aldo Adventures on the Gila - Gila National Forest & Various Partners, Silver City, N.M., $62,100; Named after famed conservationist, Aldo Leopold, this program expands a successful program and supports fishing days, wilderness camping expeditions, outdoor labs and field days.
  • Science at the Station: Bringing Nature to Life in the Woods and on the Range - Coronado National Forest & University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., $154,360; This project will help rejuvenate and reinvent the historic Florida Station as an outdoor learning center, building strong partnerships between federal, state, county and private partners to bring diverse outdoor experiences to local children.
  • Forest Service Alliance with Environmental Educators to get More Kids into the Woods - Caribou-Targhee National Forest & Various Partners, Idaho Falls, Idaho, $130,085; This comprehensive project builds an alliance of multi-sector partners to increase the opportunities, across all lands, that local children have to learn outdoors and develop outdoor recreation skills.
  • Nature Caching Camp - Manti-LaSal National Forest & Snow College, Price, Utah, $47,704; This innovative project aims to get kids outside and physically active, by using the high-tech gadgets kids love with the wonder of nature, through nature caching and overnight campouts.
  • Natural Resources Science Camp - Pacific Southwest-Redwood Sciences Lab, Six Rivers National Forest & Cities of Eureka and Arcata Recreation Divisions, Arcata, Calif., $82,700; Fourteen, week-long summer day camps will reach kids, 6-14, and focus on exploring local environments, and learning about research and careers in natural resources.
  • Outdoor Experiences Program: "The mountains are calling and I must go." - Inyo National Forest & Mono Lake Committee, Bishop, Calif., $111,600; During five-day-long trips, this partnership-based program connects youth from Los Angeles and the Eastern Sierra region to their watershed through outdoor recreation, education and stewardship activities.
  • The Richmond Edible Forest Project - Pacific Southwest Research Station & Urban Tilth, Albany, Calif., $136,200; This innovative project will build a team of inner-city youth to design and install a pilot "edible forest" in a city park, engage more than 700 youth in education, and share best practices so the project can be replicated broadly.
  • Ryan Meadow Wetland Restoration and Conservation Education Project, Phase 1 - Deschutes National Forest & Discover Your Northwest, Bend, Ore., $214,400; Focused on a restored 60-acre wetland along the Deschutes River, this project will develop a comprehensive ecosystem monitoring program with standards-correlated curriculum, hands-on filled trips and community outreach.
  • Canopy Connections - Pacific Northwest Research Station & HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Portland, Ore., $47,514; Quiet observation time, creative writing, art and science inquiry projects are wrapped around each participant's personal guided ascent seventy feet above the forest floor into the canopy of an old-growth Douglas-fir tree.
  • Greenway Trust - Mt. Baker-Snolqualmie National Forest & The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Everett, Wash., $93,450; Partners will engage and energize more than 2,500 youth through a year-round series of scaffolded land stewardship and education projects in and adjacent to the Snoqulamie Watershed.
  • 24/7 Forest Stewardship Challenge - Ouachita National Forest & Audubon Arkansas, Hot Springs, Ark., $57,200; This project will reach more than 250 youth through a variety of active, outdoor experiences to help them learn 24 native plants and animals, and seven steps they can take to protect natural resources.
  • Youth Taking Action Statewide Environmental Challenge - National Forests in Alabama & Alabama Department of Public Health, Montgomery, Ala., $41,800; Partnering with the Alabama Department of Public Health, and working through a series of 'youth challenges' this project encourages youth to become active in the outdoors and care for the environment.
  • "Project Wild" for Florida Youth - National Forests in Florida & National Wild Turkey Federation Tallahassee, Fla., $140,000; This project builds a coalition of partners to coordinate and integrate outdoor learning experiences within Florida school systems.
  • Project Venture North - Superior National Forest & Project Venture, Duluth, Minn., $118,900; Working with local partners, this program will enhance efforts to get Native American youth outside, working and learning experientially, bridging gaps between schools and communities, and building youth leadership skills.
  • Bronx River On-Water Education Program - Northern Research Station & Rocking the Boat, New York City, N.Y., $492,278; Using boats built by their peers, students explore and restore the Bronx River, implementing eight environmental projects designed in collaboration with scientists.
  • Studying Climate Change in the Chugach Children's Forest - Chugach National Forest & Anchorage School District and Alaska Geographic Society, Anchorage, Alaska $28,802; Six hundred underserved 5th Grade students from Anchorage, Alaska will travel to Portage Glacier to learn about climate change by investigating glaciers and studying climate and weather data.
  • Bear Smart - Chugach National Forest & Alaska Department of Fish & Game & Cordova School District, Anchorage, Alaska $12,000; This uniquely Alaskan project will help the community's 'walk or bike to school' initiative by educating youth and their families about avoiding bear encounters


News Release: USDA Promotes Physical Activity Among Nation's Youth Through Expanded Programs

The Forest Service has been a leader in conservation education and recreational opportunities for more than a century. In addition, national forests provide opportunities to urban and rural kids; therefore they are an ideal location for most of the projects funded by this program. Beyond that, government, with its influence over parks, open spaces, education and health care, has a crucial role to play in helping our nation realize the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits of the great outdoors. The rise in childhood diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease is a growing national crisis. All of us have a role to play to ensure the health and well-being of our nation's children. Outdoor experiences in early childhood can help get our children on the pathway to a healthy and active lifestyle.



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