We Climb & Hike For A Good Cause

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We are a community of hikers who climb mountains to raise money for the Trailmixer OUTdoor Access Fund which benefits underserved LGBTQ+ young adults. The funds we raise go towards scholarships for leadership programs and community events that provide teens with safe access to the outdoors.

How your donations are making a difference

 

With your support in 2021, the Trailmixer OAF is able to award scholarships to over 40 LGBTQ+ young adults allowing them to attend educational outdoor programs, classes, and experiences that teach leadership skills and principles of environmental stewardship and preservation, and provides an inclusive, uplifting environment where they can gain confidence, build relationships, and foster a love for the outdoors.

 

These scholarships are being distributed through our amazing partner organizations and will take effect in 2022:

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Camp Brave Trails

Camp Brave Trails is a leadership-focused summer camp designed just for LGBTQ+ teens and is dedicated to creating a space where LGBTQ+ youth can find their people, place, and passion. Trailmixer and Brave Trails have been close partners since Trailmixer’s inception. Between 2019 and 2020, Trailmixer has awarded eligible Brave Trails campers close to $50,000 in scholarships.

 

From the $65,000 raised this year for our Trailmixer OUTdoor Access Fund, about $30,000 will be granted to Camp Brave Trails for scholarships. These funds will allow 25+ campers from low-income backgrounds to attend Brave Trails in 2022

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Outward Bound Adventures (OBA)

OBA is dedicated to providing outdoor education, conservation and environmental learning expeditions for primarily low income, urban and rural youth and their families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience time spent in wild places and open spaces.

Trailmixer is proud to award 12 scholarships totalling $20,000 from the Trailmixer OUTdoor Access Fund to OBA to create their first-ever all-LGBTQ+ cohort in their Environmental Studies Expeditions program.

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NOLS

NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that aims to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment.

 

Trailmixer will fully fund 2 scholarships for NOLS’ Affinity Expeditions and Courses, which will include the required equipment deposit, totalling $6,000 from the Trailmixer OUTdoor Access Fund. NOLS Affinity Expeditions provide LGBTQ+ people a queer-positive environment to grow outdoor skills, gain confidence in the face of new challenges, and explore, learn, and connect in a wilderness environment. Learn more about NOLS Affinity Courses and Expeditions here:

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Nature For All

Nature for All is committed to finding, educating, developing and encouraging environmental stewards to care for our public lands and to advocate for the protection and enhancement of our mountains, forests, rivers, parks and urban open spaces.

 

The Trailmixer OUTdoor Access Fund is awarding two scholarships, totalling $4,000, to eligible low-income LGBTQ+ teens to attend Nature for All’s Leadership Academy, a long-term training program teaching organizing and advocacy skills, civic engagement, and local community action. Learn more about Nature for All’s Leadership Academy and who participates:

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2022 & Beyond

Trailmixer was born from the love of nature and the outdoors and from the desire to create a warm, fun, and integrated community where everyone can participate by either helping to raise money for the cause, or just by attending one of our numerous outdoor events.

As we grow, we will continue to build upon what we have learned in the past few years so we can make an even bigger difference in the lives of our LGBTQ+ community and allies.

 

With that in mind, we are seeking new partners that share our mission of bringing LGBTQ+ youth to the outdoors in a safe environment, teaching outdoor skills and leadership. 

To find out if you are a qualifying organization, please email us: info@trailmixer.org

Our Partners