For myriad reasons, low-income, inner-city students miss out on vital, enriching educational programs that are readily available to their higher-income peers. In the San Francisco Bay Area, while thousands of higher-income children are participating in multi-day environmental education programs every year, many students and/or schools cannot afford to pay for these programs. In addition, many teachers in underserved schools face a lack of resources, minimal parental support, and overwork, making it extremely difficult for them to make trips outside the classroom possible. Experiences in quality outdoor education programs have undeniable positive impacts on children’s physical and mental health, character development, academics, connections to learning, environmental stewardship, and more.

“It’s our belief that all kids are good, all kids can succeed, and it’s our job to give them the opportunities to realize their strengths,” Shawn Sears, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Vida Verde.

For 15 years, Vida Verde has been positively and powerfully impacting Bay Area students’ academic performance, character development, and connection to the outdoors. Vida Verde is a unique program that is specifically designed to ensure success and long-term positive impacts for urban, low-income youth.