San Diego’s Environmental Champions

Outdoor Outreach was recently awarded the Leave No Trace Youth Program Accreditation from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT), a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly.


The Leave No Trace Youth Program Accreditation engages youth-serving programs with the essential standards and assessment resources that enhance the impacts of stewardship education for young people who spend time in the outdoors.


Outdoor Outreach is honored to have been the second only youth program to receive this accreditation from LNT. The process wasn’t easy, and took over a year of looking at our curriculum under a microscope to see what we could improve. There were 11 standards outlined by LNT that Outdoor Outreach had to satisfy, and the organization was required to evaluate our current programming as well as submit future action plans.

As a fully Accredited Youth Program, Outdoor Outreach demonstrates the highest commitment to providing San Diego-area youth with relevant and accessible Leave No Trace education. Leave No Trace principles help reinforce our mission, reminding us to respect the places where we play so future generations can enjoy those places, too.

Outdoor Outreach participants and staff are not the only folks in San Diego working for a sustainable future for San Diego. Each year, SDG&E supports local nonprofits through its Environmental Champions Initiative which provides grants to organizations whose work supports efforts to increase climate science education in our region, and improve our local environment. Read more about the 2017 Champions’ achievements here. Most recently, SDG&E partnered with Outdoor Outreach as a sponsor of Lead the Way, an annual fundraising event that celebrates outdoor leadership. We’re proud to partner with SDG&E in “leading the way” for San Diego’s environmental future!

Outdoor Outreach is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides adventure-based youth development programs serving 1,700 vulnerable and at-risk youth each year. Through those programs, we’re helping youth build resilience in the face of challenges, and confidence in their power to make a difference.

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