U of M Southeast Regional Partnership has supported the development of this program that links youth and caring adult mentors for exploration, play and reflection in nature near home communities so youth will grow to be healthy, comfortable outdoors and knowledgeable and passionate about their land and community.
A National Program Review was conducted in 2013 by U of M recent MS graduate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.
Partners over the years for Project Get Outdoors have included: U of MN SE RSDP/Extension, Parks & Trails Council of MN, Conservation Corps of MN & IA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Sheltering Arms Foundation, Mayo Clinic, THINK Mutual Bank, General Mills, SMIF, IBM, Winona Community Foundation, Rochester Area Foundation, MN DNR, LCCMR – ENRTF, North Face.
- SE Partnership sponsorship has helped with board and organizational development, manual design, evaluation tools, and marketing. A resulting Project Get Outdoors Leaders Handbook is used as part of The Project GO Toolkit that is provided free-of-charge to communities that are committed to implementing Project GO programs. The toolkit offers community volunteers step-by-step instructions and resources to help them design their own unique programs and sustain them over the long run. Project GO website
- SE RSDP's most recent sponsorship component is a national program review and comparison. See link above for resulting report, "Project Get Outdoors: A Guide for moving Forward."
SERP FY2014 spent: $2,262
SERP past funding: $12,667