Providing transformative experiences through nature that strengthen life skills and build community for youth from disinvested communities
For more than 30 years, Big City Mountaineers has acted on a core belief: that every person benefits from a personal connection to nature. Research confirms that meaningful experiences in nature reduce stress, improve our physical health, and lead to better education outcomes. These experiences enhance perseverance, problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork. BCM focuses on bringing those benefits to youth in low-income communities and communities of color that face specific systemic challenges to greater access and opportunities in the outdoors.
“By providing free, fully-outfitted, and professionally led outdoor and backcountry trips, we’re able to give students ages 8 to 18 the opportunity to connect with nature and reconnect with their strengths, skills, and resilience,” says Executive Director David Taus.
BCM’s program season has four stages that all build to a successful experience.
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