Overview

All of us at Human Outreach Project and World Wide Trekking have a strong connection to Utah’s mountains. They have greatly enriched our lives, challenged us, and inspired us. However, through economic and social factors, these mountains that are so much a part of our daily life are inaccessible to thousands of children in the Salt Lake valley. HOP Outdoors seeks to create the means for these kids to get outdoors, learn about the environment, stay healthy, and feel inspired by nature. In partnership with local schools and boys and girls clubs, we run multiple trips a week in the summer to bring local children to Snowbird for outdoor education and leadership training programs. These trips have been incredibly meaningful, fun, and rewarding for all involved.  

BENEFICIARIES

  • Youth At Risk in the Salt Lake valley

NEEDS

  • Outdoor education for inner-city children

  • Warm Clothing, hats and shoes for winter

  • Community building and leadership

IMPACTS

  • We are creating friendships revolved around time spent in the outdoors

  • We are bringing increased connection to and awareness of Utah’s environment to local communities

Current Events

After a successful first year of programs, we are working on developing programming that will continue to engage students in nature and the outdoors through the academic year.  Right now we are working to establish partnerships with Momentum climbing gym to bring kids to the climbing wall during the winter months. We also are looking a snowshoeing activity. We have also just acquired a van!

Future Goals

In summer 2018, we plan to run three to four trips a week and double the number of children reached. We are excited about the impact that this program will have on these children’s lives and their communities. We would like to have this be a program that runs yearly, supporting the children and enabling them to access the outdoors everyday!

Partners

Our partners help us connect directly with the children in our communities who are most in need of these experiences. We have worked with Salt Lake City’s Lied Boys and Girls Club, Capitol West Boys and Girls Club, Backman Elementary School, and Northwest Middle School to identify the students who will benefit the most from being a part of HOP Outdoors.

Sponsors

Volunteer

We are always in need of volunteers to help chaperone trips, enrich the educational experience for our students, and expand our outreach to local communities.

If you are interested in volunteering, get in touch with us at hop@wwtrek.com or 801.943.0264