Keeping America's Best Idea Alive
To fuel the excitement generated by Ken Burns's The National Parks: America's Best Idea, REI stores hosted 77 "Get Involved" events in October, 2009. The meetups brought together hundreds of customers, employees and representatives from local parks and conservation groups.
In Illinois, Oakbrook Terrace staffer and professional photographer Dan Nicholas shared images from his quest to visit every national park in the U.S. Meanwhile, Portland customers and employees teamed up to remove invasive species at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
The "Get Involved" series was the largest national event of its kind in the co-op's 71-year history. REI stores host outdoor volunteer opportunities year-round. Curious? Find out what's happening at the store nearest you.
Volunteering and REI
Giving back to conservation causes and outdoor recreation is a time-honored REI tradition. Last year, through REI grants and volunteer efforts, we:
- Donated $3.7 million in funding to 429 nonprofits
- Funded 1.5+ million volunteer hours
- Maintained more than 6,500 miles of trail and 14 thousand acres of land
Ready to join us?
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