ELK (Environmental Learning for Kids) is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education and outdoor experiences for underserved, urban youth ages 5-25.
ELK Inspires youth to have high expectations of themselves by exposing them to the outdoors and engaging them in service learning projects. For many of the youth ELK serves, it’s their first experience with the outdoors.
ELK Educates youth through science and environmental education embedded in all programs and activities, furthers students’ understanding and attitudes toward science, the outdoors, their communities, college, and careers.
ELK Transforms youth by endowing them with increased academic skills, civic and community leadership, environmental stewardship, and employment opportunities.
Blackpackers seeks to create economic equity in outdoor recreation and attempt to attack the wealth gap in vulnerable communities. Their strategy is two-fold:
1.) To provide gear, outdoor excursions and outdoor education for free or at subsidized cost
2.) To connect participants with volunteer opportunities, internships, jobs, and post-secondary education resources to create pipeline from outdoor recreation to outdoor industry careers.