Big Brothers Big Sisters of America + Merrell

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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 the United States and Canada.

How to get involved

  • Volunteer

  • Give

  • Mentoring Program

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.

Additional resources to help get your youth outdoors

  • Adult and child walk side-by-side, smiling, among trees.

    Discover the Forest

    The Discover the Forest campaign, a public service campaign created by the Ad Council in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, encourages parents to take their kids to nearby forests and parks to instill early on a love for the outdoors. Visit to search for a forest, trail or park near you today.

  • Child and adult sit on the grass, a soccer ball between them.


    AllTrails is here to foster happy, healthy communities by connecting people to the outdoors and to each other.

  • Child and adult sit on swings hanging from a tree, smiling at the camera.

    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.

  • Child and adult sharing a joke.

    Recreate Responsibily

    The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our beloved natural spaces.

  • Adult adjusting child's bicycle seat.

    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.

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Great outdoors month scavenger hunt

This June for Great Outdoors Month, we are inviting everyone to the outdoors. In hopes that you too, will find that everything is greater outdoors. In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, we are finding ways to get all ages exploring the nature that is right outside of our front door.