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, we have been running multiple trips a week through summer 2017 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.
Economically disadvantaged children in the Salt Lake valley
Outdoor education for inner-city children
Mentorship in outdoor safety and access
Community building and leadership
We hope to give over 100 children in the Salt Lake valley their first experience in the mountains
We hope to bring increased connection to and awareness of Utah’s environment to local communities
HOP Outdoors ran its first trip on June 6, 2017, and continued to run trips every week through the summer, totaling 14 trips in 2017. We are working on developing programming that will continue to engage students in nature and the outdoors through the academic year.
In summer 2018, we plan to run three 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.
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.
We have a number of generous local sponsors who are helping to make this program possible. We are deeply grateful to Snowbird, Utah Food Services, Clif Bar, and The North Face for their support and donations to HOP Outdoors.
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 email@example.com or 801.943.0264