AWS awarded The North Face Explore Fund Grant

The North Face has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Anacostia Watershed Society to help children explore the outdoors through our Rice Rangers program.  AWS was selected from hundreds of applications because of our commitment to innovative hands-on watershed education.  In the final grant cycle of 2011, The North Face awarded $125,000 Explore Fund grants to 51 projects helping more than 30,000 kids to connect to nature.

“We believe in the importance of bringing youth together from diverse backgrounds and providing them with opportunities to get outdoors,” said Ann Krcik, director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face.  “We support organizations that work to create these opportunities for youth because we’ve seen firsthand how these programs can ignite a passion for the outdoors and teach them the importance of protecting the places we play for generations to come.”


Student participating in the Rice Rangers program.

AWS is proud to have the support of The North Face, as well as several other funding partners including The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to engage students in our Rice Rangers program.  Through this program, local students will grow wetland plants in their classroom and then transplant them into the mudflats of the Anacostia River.  This project helps to both restore habitat and increase the filtering capacity of the Anacostia River.

To learn more about our Rice Rangers Program, please contact Ariel Trahan, Manager of Education Programs, at atrahan@anacostiaws.org.

To learn more about all of the Explore Fund grantees and to keep up on their progress visit www.planetexplore.com/explorefund.

About The North Face Explore Fund
The North Face® Explore FundTM is a grant program committed to supporting non-profit, community organizations that break down the barriers preventing children and families from experiencing the outdoors.  The Explore Fund, administered by The Outdoor Foundation, finds, engages and provides funding for new partners that help further the mission of inspiring the next generation of explorers and conservationists by helping them discover nature's playground.

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