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N2

Justice Outside's Outdoor Educators Institute (OEI) participants practice wayfinding as part of a multi-day backpacking expedition. Picture taken on Amah Mutsun land.

We fund organizations, initiatives and movements that enable access and support for youth to thrive through nature + nurture.

We know nature has incredible benefits for our mental health and wellbeing, including increased happiness, reduction of stress and deepening a sense of connectedness. The challenge is that we as a society have largely moved indoors: the average U.S. child spends over seven hours in front of screens but less than ten minutes a day of unstructured time outdoors. Meanwhile, people of color are more likely, due to racial and economic disparities, to be denied access to the benefits that nature provides.

We support a different outdoor and environmental movement through the power of nature + nurture (N2). When we prioritize youth of color and other young people to lead and develop outdoors through high quality culturally-relevant experiences, it opens up new possibilities for self actualization, agency and broader social change.

A Lakota youth dances at the Red Can Graffiti Jam organized by the Cheyenne River Youth Project.
A Lakota youth dances at the Red Can Graffiti Jam organized by the Cheyenne River Youth Project.

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