Inside the Outdoors Foundation

The Mission of the Inside the Outdoors Foundation is to provide financial, educational, and advisory support to the Inside the Outdoors Science Study Programs. Inside the Outdoors programs empower students, teachers, parents and the community through hands-on educational experiences in the natural world to expand their knowledge, understanding and stewardship of the environment.
Dec 19, 2013

Youth Stewardship Council

Youth Stewardship Council
Youth Stewardship Council

In 2012, inspired by the Friends for Change Youth Summit at Disney World, Inside the Outdoors launched the Youth Stewardship Council.  Middle and high school students from communities that reflect the diversity of Southern California are coming together to create change in their communities.  They've planted school gardens, started recycling programs, taught younger students about the importance of conservation, cleaned up wetlands and beaches, and that's just the start of things!  In addition to donating over 2,000 volunteer hours to make their communities a better place, these young people are mentoring each other and creating a standard for Service-Learning volunteer projects. They've also heard from conservation, science, and environmental education experts. 

What's next?  The Youth Stewardship Council was funded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (they wrote a grant and competed nationally for funding) and Southern California Edison to expand the council to reach afterschool programs.  They also plan to launch a website to share videos, photos, and stories about their journey. 

Want to get inspired?  Hang out with a few of the young people who are part of Inside the Outdoors Foundation's Youth Stewardship Council.  They're not the leaders of tomorrow - they are the leaders of today. 

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Oct 2, 2013

Taking the Outdoors to the City

Students participate in Anaheim community project
Students participate in Anaheim community project

Inside the Outdoors' programs are more than just bringing students to the outdoors. Sometimes, letting those students experience nature and learn valuable environmental science lessons means coming to them.

That's exactly the thought behind our Traveling Scientist program, which brings an experienced naturalist directly to campuses for small, in-classroom sessions.

This fall, Inside the Outdoors will be traveling to neighborhoods of Anaheim that have been plagued by gang violence, poverty and, in some cases, a feeling of hopelessness.

Juan, a fifth-grader on Anna Drive, lives just a few yards from where a suspected gang member ran from police and was fatally shot last summer. Juan's neighborhood is riddled with graffiti and trash that piles up along fences and in gutters. His parents, immigrants from Mexico who came to Anaheim for a better life, are afraid to let him play outside. So Juan stays indoors, rarely traveling even to a city park. He's never been to the mountains that he can clearly see in the distance outside his apartment window.

He's exactly the kind of student Inside the Outdoors plans to reach with a message of hope and empowerment. A Traveling Scientist from the program will come directly into schools near Juan's neighborhood to develop an increased awareness about environmental issues such as pollution, trash and graffiti.

More than 200 K-6th grade students will work with mentors to identify and analyze a community problem, then plan a community event such as trash cleanup and/or graffiti removal for some 500 community members. Several middle-school and high-school students will work with those younger students to help plan and serve as mentors in the community.

The goal: To educated students and make them aware that they have a strong collective voice and the power to make positive change in their own communities. In short, to give hope.

This is all possible only with the generous support of donors like you. For more information, please visit us at insidetheoutdoors.org.

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Jul 3, 2013

Summer Science ... and Fun!

Inside the Outdoors Summer Day Camp 2013
Inside the Outdoors Summer Day Camp 2013

Summer is definitely heating up at Inside the Outdoors. And just because kids are out of school doesn’t mean the learning has stopped.

Our Summer Day Camp is getting kids outdoors to stay active – physically and mentally. Inside the Outdoors’ camps are designed for fun and education, to prevent the traditional “summer slide” in learning, keeping kids engaged through hands-on fun in nature’s classroom.

For some of the kids, it’s their first time away from Mom and Dad and a chance to meet new friends. At the same time, sessions focus on a variety of hands-on activities students can enjoy while building science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.

Camp themes include:

  • Survival of the Kiddest: Students become survival experts, building shelters, constructing a compass, going fishing and learning trail safety and crucial skills to stay safe.
  • “AMAZE”ing Scientists!: Junior Scientists explore archeology, marine biology, zoology and more while they meet live animals, do experiments and crafts.
  • Eco-Avengers: Ready, set, save the planet! Campers become planet protectors, designing solar-powered boats, discovering worm power and learning how to help endangered animals.

Because more than 60 percent of students who attend an Inside the Outdoors program come from disadvantaged neighborhoods, generous donations help send more kids to our programs – all year long.

Thank you for checking out more about what we do at insidetheoutdoors.org.

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