A group of friends play basketball on the playground of Eckstein Middle School

What Does It Mean to be Outdoorsy?

For years, the industry has narrowly defined and measured what it means to be an outdoor participant. The Outdoor Foundation’s annual report on outdoor activities, for example, counts skiing, climbing and kayaking, but doesn’t consider sports like basketball. And that exclusivity can overlook experiences like Grayson’s and prompt people to wonder: Is this a place for me?
New York City's Muscota Marsh

Seal of Renewal

A seal shifts on the warm rock, pointing his plump belly to the New York sunshine. He’s luxuriating beside a small tidal estuary where sea and fresh waters meet...
Illustration of three people outside

Organizations Bringing Joy Outside

The outdoors should be a place where everyone can feel safe and be themselves. But for a long time, the outdoor industry and media have reinforced a n...