The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is announced a new grant from their partner Hydro Flask. Through the Parks For All Giving Program, Hydro Flask’s $30,000 investment will advance the ATC’s education initiatives, helping to develop the next generation of passionate conservationists.
The ATC will use the Parks For All grant to fund a yearlong internship program, which is designed to introduce young people to the A.T. and a broad range of conservation skills. All participants will complete projects focusing on shared stewardship and receive training to connect and inspire others.
“Connecting all people to the outdoors is the core of what the Appalachian Trail Conservancy does, and we are proud to partner with Hydro Flask to help ensure public lands like the Appalachian Trail are accessible for all to love and help protect,” said ATC President and CEO Sandra Marra.
“One of the key goals of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is to engage new people and partners in our mission to protect, manage and advocate for the Trail,” said ATC Director of Education and Outreach Julie Judkins. “Improving recreational access is an essential part of this goal, helping people of all ages and backgrounds experience the benefits of a natural A.T. experience and, ultimately, become part of the force of individuals ensuring the Trail’s protection.”
Hydro Flask launched its charitable program Parks For All in January 2017 to support the development, maintenance and accessibility of public green spaces in the U.S. and beyond. To date, Parks For All has supported 122 non-profits, given over $1.9 million in cash grants and donated nearly 60,000 bottles. Through Parks For All, Hydro Flask also works alongside grantees in on-the-ground activities, digital and advocacy initiatives and social media campaigns promoting healthier, happier lives outdoors.
The internship program made possible through this grant is part of the ATC’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion throughout its work. To learn more, visit appalachiantrail.org/jedi.