We’re excited to announce our Wild Connections program is partnering with Eastern Oregon University’s Get Outside - After School Activity Program (GO-ASAP), headed by Kelly Rice, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physical Activity and Health at EOU.
GO-ASAP’s mission is to cultivate positive lifestyle behaviors in adolescents. Dr. Rice introduces her students to outdoor activities and healthy lifestyle habits, all of which significantly improve long-term health.
The GO-ASAP team coordinates all logistics and gear for the kids, taking them to various places around our region for weekly snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, biking, and climbing trips. The team also embarks on a backpacking trip at the end of the program.
Our Wild Connections program seeks to connect people to people by forming new relationships in our beloved region; people to place by increasing access to our region for all; and place to place by creating physical connections between major wilderness areas in the Greater Hells Canyon region by way of wildlife corridors. These connections all increase our ability to protect this incredibly unique landscape for our future generations.
We’ll join Rice and her students on GO-ASAP’s outings, providing education and engagement on the region's ecology, wildlife, and habitat connectivity.
We strongly support Rice’s focus on physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and we believe in increasing access to the outdoors and the sciences for all of our kids. Who knows where these eye-opening opportunities will take them!
You can check out a heart-warming video of last year's GO-ASAP program here.