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JET Talks – Episode 1: Alone & Surviving

Check out the first episode of JET Talks, a new podcast designed and created by City Kids JETs for the City Kids community. Throughout the […]

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Nature Must Be Accessible to All

Recently featured in the Parks and Recreation Magazine, this article was written by Alumni Engagement and Success Partner, Priya Cook, with a focus on City Kids.

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Making the Most of Summer

City Kids kicked off its 2020 virtual summer program season with a Zoom ceremony on Saturday, June 13th that gave an overview of upcoming virtual […]

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An Executive Transition and a Look to the Future

At the end of last month, we marked Eloise Russo’s departure from City Kids after 10 years of service to the organization. Our programs, staff […]

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City Kids Community: We Love You

To our Black youth and families, colleagues, and community members: We Love You. You are Important. You Matter. We are Here for You.

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Anti-Racism Resources

Ways to take action to support the Black community: Educate yourself; call your communities to this work; listen to Black voices; donate to Black-led organizations and movements; and stay updated and engaged.

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Leadership Transition Press Release

Eloise Russo, Executive Director of City Kids Wilderness Project Announces Departure

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PRESS RELEASE

City Kids leverages DC and WY guidance and feedback from participant families to make tough decisions on summer programming.

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VIDEO | City Kids Gets $1,000 Donation From Get Up DC

It’s founder, Randy Luskey, started City Kids as an experiential program to teach children how to be prepared for life beyond learning possible in a traditional classroom.

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Climbing to New Heights

On Saturday, February 1, as Elite & Leadership Program Coordinator, N’Dea Stewart led 10 City Kids from the Leadership cohort in the first of several indoor rock climbing trips of the year.

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New City Kids Staff Members

As we start the new year, we are fortunate to be joined by several new staff members.

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City Kids Hit the Slopes

Our Winter/Spring program season kicked off on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Whitetail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, PA. In this cross-program level activity, over 20 Leadership (9th grade) and JET (10th-12th grade) participants spent the day snow tubing.

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Patagonia Community Raises $10 Million for the Planet in 17 Days

Patagonia announced today that its community raised $10 million in donations to 1,043 grassroots environmental organizations in 17 days.

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City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2018

For the past 23 years, City Kids has provided extraordinary opportunities for youth, and in 2018, we made critical investments in the organization in order to sustain this work and our impact for many more years to come.

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VIDEO | City Kids Offers DC Students an Environmental Education

“A D.C. nonprofit that believes children do some of their best learning outside surrounded by nature says kids growing up in the city shouldn’t miss out on environmental education.”

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A Journey to Alaska Inspires Gratitude and Feelings of Self-Accomplishment

In an effort to share just how transformative the outdoors is for City Kids youth, we sat down with Josh, a current City Kid participant, to hear more about his recent adventure to Alaska.

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City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2017

Every year, City Kids provides programming and support for over 130 DC youth and young adults. In recent years, several alumni have joined our staff and are now leading City Kids program activities.

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KHOL Interviews City Kids Student Daysiana Godbee

City Kids student Daysiana describes her experience coming from Washington DC and discovering the great outdoors in Wyoming.

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2018 Eleanor Eells Award Winners

Each year, ACA’s Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence recognizes camps that embody the award’s namesake by developing superior programming.

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‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits in 2018-19 by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected City Kids Wilderness Project to be part of the Class of 2018-19.

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City Kids Receives Award of Excellence

In the sixth episode of CampWire, meet the five winners of the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence.

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Get Out: Nurturing A Bond Between Black People and Nature

A 2011 National Park Service survey found that just 7 percent of all park system visitors were black. But there is a growing effort to nurture the relationship between African-Americans and the outdoors.

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Program Connects At-Risk Kids with Nature

Thomas Jones, 17, is an inner-city kid who, statistically, had a greater chance of dropping out of high school or getting shipped off to prison […]

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Official Selections for the 2016 SHIFT Awards

What do a Washington DC nonprofit, a hunting and angling organization and an outdoor adventure app have in common? They, and thirty other initiatives, are all official selections for The 2016 SHIFT Awards.

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GET OUT: Mountain Medicine

As I sat there with tears in my eyes I couldn’t find anything to say to my teammates, people who were now my family. We had made it so far but I was ready to retrace every grueling step back down.

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City Kids Learn Life Lessons

It’s your first time in Jackson. You step off the plane, gawking at your surroundings. Then what? “I looked up at the sky, I looked up at all the stars,” Martinae Irving said. “In D.C. what you think is a star is really just a plane.”

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City Kids Featured by the Outdoor Industry Association

Shouldering full packs as they hiked along in the Gros Ventre Wilderness, a group of high school students caught a glimpse of something moving in the distance.

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Watch City Kids on the Food Network!

Holiday: Impossible – For the holidays, Chef Robert Irvine is heading west to Jackson Hole, Wyo. to visit the City Kids Wilderness Project, a camp in the heart of the Grand Teton Mountains that welcomes at-risk teens from the inner city of Washington, D.C.

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City Kids Featured in JH Style Magazine – 2015

Spotlight on Nonprofits Every summer, kids from Washington D.C.’s most vulnerable communities come out to Jackson for an experiential program that teaches them valuable skills […]

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City Kids Featured in Jackson Hole News & Guide – 2015

City Kids Know No Bounds Over the last three weeks a large group has spent time in Jackson Hole kayaking, whitewater rafting, backpacking, camping and […]

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City Kids Featured in Washingtonian – 2015

City Kids Wilderness Project Turns 20, Looks Forward to Its Next Decade Landing at the airport in Jackson Hole in 1996 was a breathless experience: […]

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City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2014

For nearly 20 years, City Kids has provided extraordinary opportunities for our youth, and in 2014, we worked to strengthen our foundation to ensure that […]

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City Kids featured on the NOLS Blog – 2014

City Kids and the Wilderness Risk Management Conference The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) unites hundreds of the nation’s leading outdoor organizations, schools, and businesses […]

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City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2013

In the past three years, City Kids has undergone a significant transformation in order to increase our impact and provide more comprehensive services for our […]

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City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2012

In 2012, City Kids Wilderness Project reached some key milestones on an exciting path of growth. We served a record number of youth and provided […]

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City Kids Featured as WAMU’s July 2012 Community Minute

Community Minute: Using the Natural World to Teach Life Skills City Kids Wilderness Project works to provide educational enrichment activities and outdoor adventure programming for underserved […]

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City Kids Wilderness Project Annual Report 2011

As we reflect on 2011, we are so thankful for our dedicated staff, motivated young people, passionate board members, and generous donors. City Kids Wilderness […]

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City Kids Featured in the December 2011 Washingtonian

For a teenager who’s never left the District’s inner city, kayaking the Snake River might seem like something that happens only in the movies. But […]

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Building Resiliency. Broadening Horizons. Ensuring Skills for Success.

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City Kids Wilderness Project is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for DC children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families and the greater community.

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