“The fact is, there’s an inequality of access to the great outdoors and what I loved about this program was
being able to provide
that access as a former Big.”
- Merrell Ambassador, Manuela Barón
By signing up to mentor as a Big, you can make a difference, too.
Big Brothers Big Sisters and Merrell have joined forces in a multi-year partnership that will harness the power of being outside and provide access to more youth. Merrell is working with the national one-to-one mentoring organization to create life-changing connections for young people in Canada and the United States.
The goal of the partnership is to break down the barriers youth face and offer additional outdoor activities for Bigs and Littles to enjoy together. In addition to providing shoes, product and gear, the partnership will bring more awareness and increase equity for all youth, who may not have adequate access to nature, natural parks, or public trails.Learn More
Additional resources to help get your youth outdoors
AllTrails is here to foster happy, healthy communities by connecting people to the outdoors and to each other.
Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people every year. Enjoy your world. Leave No Trace.
The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our beloved natural spaces.
Hike it Baby
Hike it Baby creates opportunities and removes barriers to access so families with babies and young children can take their first steps outside. We believe all families have the right to connect with nature, benefit from spending time outdoors, and be inspired to a lifelong love of nature.