The new Thrive Outside program is driving diversity and equity in the St. Louis outdoors - Terrain Magazine

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I’ll never forget the first time I was in an outdoor space and I felt like I truly belonged. To be honest with you, it wasn’t that long ago. I was on a bikepacking trip with a diverse group of friends, staying at an auspicious-sounding camping ground that catered to both horseback riders and birders. We reminisced over our 30-mile, relaxed-paced trip around the fire pit at the end of the night. I looked at the other riders I consider long-time friends and realized how lucky I am to have people in my life that love to bike and camp who are of various ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. . . .

The Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside initiative awards multi-year, capacity-building grants to diverse communities to build and strengthen networks that provide children and families with repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors. This community-led initiative is built with trusted local and national partners and is supported by three years of funding. Since 2019, the Thrive Outside initiative has helped get more than 16,000 youth outdoors while improving the connections to the outdoors in diverse communities. Over the next 10 years, the initiative plans to grow the number of regions it invests in from eight to 32.

MoBikeFed comment: Making bicycling, walking, trails, and other outdoor activities more equitable and accessible to people of all backgrounds is one of the themes of the 2022 Missouri Active Transportation Summit, Friday August 12th in Jefferson City (or Virtual).

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