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October 9, 2021 was National Thrive Outside Day!

To celebrate, we invited Mainers to share stories and pictures of the diverse ways they like to #ThriveOutside

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We are part of a nationwide group of networks and collaborations working to make the outdoors accessible and equitable for all people.


As the backbone of the Thrive Outside Maine Community, NBEC is strengthening our statewide network of nonprofit, philanthropic, and business partners.

How do you thrive outside in Maine?
Together, we can shift the narrative.
Here's what is happening in other Thrive Outside communities across the US:
  • ATLANTA: The Thrive Outside Atlanta Community is led by the Trust  for Public Land together with a diverse network of partners in West  Atlanta and along the Chattahoochee River. 

  • GRAND RAPIDS: The Thrive Outside Grand Rapids Community is  led by Our Community’s Children, a partnership of the City of Grand  Rapids & Grand Rapids Public Schools & the Parks & Recreation  Department. 

  • OKLAHOMA CITY: The Thrive Outside Oklahoma City Community is  led by the OKC RIVERSPORT Foundation together with a broad based network of partners infusing an active, outdoor lifestyle among  youth. 

  • PHILADELPHIA: The Thrive Outside Philadelphia Community, led by the  National Wildlife Federation, is bringing together several regional  organizations, stakeholders and existing large-scale networks to collectively  create pathways for equitable access to the outdoors. 

  • SAN DIEGO: The Thrive Outside San Diego Community, led by The San  Diego Foundation, is strengthening an existing network of nonprofit,  philanthropic, academic and government partners. 

  • ST. LOUIS: The Thrive Outside St. Louis Community, led by newly created  River City Outdoors, is activating a growing network of community  stakeholders dedicated to making outdoor recreational opportunities more  accessible and equitable for their region.

From the Outdoor Foundation:

We’re helping create a more inclusive and accessible outdoor experience for all through the Thrive Outside Initiative, a community-led program built with trusted local and national partners.

Thrive Outside is focused on reversing the declining trend of outdoor engagement by working at the grassroots level, empowering communities to make outdoor recreation an accessible lifestyle for all. The Initiative awards multi-year, capacity-building grants to diverse communities to build and strengthen networks focused on providing children and families with repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors.

Our world is witnessing incredible upheaval, and Americans across the country are taking to the outdoors in search of respite from COVID-19. The Outdoor Foundation 2021 Participation Trends Report recorded that 7.1 million more

Americans participated in outdoor recreation in 2020 than in the year prior, the highest participation rate ever recorded.

Outdoor youth programming and public-private partnerships such as the Thrive Outside Initiative are helping to address equity barriers to the outdoors in communities across the country. The Outdoor Foundation is working through strategic investments to move the needle on barriers such as safety, walkability, transportation, cost and cultural inclusion.

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