BOGS Footwear announced the recipients of the company’s Outdoor Education program – an initiative that donates 2% of bogsfootwear.com sales to fulfill scholarships and grants that remove financial barriers and provide kids with the opportunity to grow and learn in the outdoors.
The BOGS bi-annual Outdoor Education program gives grant and scholarship donations to support summer camps, low-income scholarships and programs that strengthens youth’s connection with the natural world. BOGS also provides product donations to outfit students and educators in BOGS boots, keeping them dry and protected throughout the year.
“Here at BOGS we work and live in the outdoors and believe every kid should have the opportunity to get outside. Our Outdoor Education program is one way we can help foster the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and ensure kids are connecting with their communities through nature,” said David Earle, Marketing Manager at BOGS Footwear.
Each Outdoor Education recipient – from those based in Eugene, Ore., to Brooklyn, N.Y., shares BOGS’ passion for getting people outside to enjoy nature. A bi-annual program, BOGS will reopen the application process for a second group of recipients in mid-September.
And the winners are …
- Student Conservation Association (Anchorage, AK): The Student Conservation Association builds the next generation of conservation leaders to help protect more than 325 million acres of public land in Alaska.
- CedarSong Nature School (Vashon Island, WA): CedarSong Nature School provides nature immersion classes with the goal of creating a connection to the natural world and increasing awareness to foster empathy for the earth from a young age.
- Hazelwood Kindergarten (Eugene, OR): Hazelwood Outdoor Kindergarten is an urban outdoor school that provides a year-round nature immersion to children between the ages of two to six.
- City Growers (Brooklynn, NY): City Growers aims to close a fundamental gap in the experience of inner city residents by providing meaningful opportunity to interact with the natural world by educating students about where their food comes from, increasing their understanding of natural science and empowering them to create positive change in their own communities.
- Urban Ecology Center (Milwaukee, WI): The Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood, and provides outdoor science education for urban youth while preserving and enhancing surrounding natural areas.
- Delaney Urban Community (Aurora, CO): A historic 158-acre community farm located in central Aurora, CO, the mission of Delaney Urban Community is to provide access to healthy local food, small-scale sustainable agricultural practices and foster community development.