Outreach, getting children outside!

From 2009 to 2016, we partnered with Summit Metro Parks, Akron Public Schools and Camp Christopher to connect children with nature through our program, Outside Is In. It focused on 6th and 10th graders in Akron Public Schools.

The program has been tweaked and renamed Pathways to Parks, serving 1st through 5th grade. Through naturalist led programming, children are introduced to the outdoors, learn important concepts from the Ohio curriculum, and experience a field trip in the parks. Teachers are encouraged to bring nature into the classroom after this introduction and are given a "Teacher's Kit" to do so. 

Friends of Metro Parks provides funding for Teacher's Kits and buses to get children into our parks.





Since our involvement with outreach began, support for outreach programming, transportation and Teacher's Kits has been provided by Akron Community Foundation, Dominion Resources, the Sisler McFawn Foundation, the Welty Family Foundation, the Betty V. and John M. Jacobson Foundation, ICF Foundation, the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation, the Jean Thomas Lambert Foundation, the Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation, The Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation, the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Fund of Akron Community Foundation, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, the R.C. and Katherine M. Musson Charitable Foundation, the W. Paul Mills and Thora J. Mills Memorial Foundation, the Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Foundation, Wild4Ever, the Edward J. Thomas Foundation, Akron Garden Club, the Honor Project, FirstEnergy Foundation the Harvey and Patricia Graves Foundation, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Charles E. and Mary K. Booth Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation.


We also thank the Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation, the Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Foundation, Lehner Family Foundation, Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund for supporting our programs and operations.