In less than two years, Outdoor Nation has engaged and empowered thousands of college students and young adults to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the country. Through the Campus Club Program, we work with partners to invest in a nationwide network of university outdoor programs – converting these traditional college clubs into powerful community hubs. We also invest in motivated students who lack organized outdoor groups but attend universities where there is potential for growth in outdoor participation.
In the 2011–2012 school year, Outdoor Nation partnered with some of the country’s most prestigious universities in Washington, DC and Atlanta.
These included Georgetown University, Howard University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morehouse College, as well as eight underserved high schools and two local non-profit organizations – Groundwork Anacostia in Washington, DC and Next Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program in Atlanta.
In the 2012-2013 school year, we continue to invest in the existing Campus Club programs in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. while expanding our reach. In DC, we are working with students from Howard University, the Georgetown University Outdoor Education program, and Groundwork Anacostia while developing a new partnership with the Howard University Office of Sustainability. Also new this year, Outdoor Nation is working in Northern Virginia to connect students from George Mason University to those from Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.
In Atlanta, we are working with students from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Emory University, and high-school aged youth from the Next Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program. Additionally, we are partnering with The Georgia Conservancy and students from Southern Polytechnic University and Georgia Tech to support a new outdoor club at Grady High School in Northeast Atlanta.
Dedicated university students, called Campus Club Fellows, facilitate close-to-home recreation outings each month for their peers. Fellows serve as lead mentors, facilitate meetings and evaluate progress. In turn, Outdoor Nation provides financial support, program assistance and professional development opportunities.
Meet the 2013 Campus Club Fellows and learn about recent outings in both the Washington, D.C. and Atlanta regions:
Find out more about the impact of Campus Clubs by downloading the Pilot Year Campus Clubs Report!