To ensure that all youth have access to a progression of nature-based
experiences through community wide coordination of resources and expertise.


Adventure and Fun

Creating opportunities to discover and learn about nature through outdoor play and exploration.

Community, Inclusion, Diversity

Creating a welcoming, safe environment where youth of all backgrounds can thrive.

Equity and Fairness

Providing support and opening access so that all youth may adventurously explore.


Caring for and supporting each other by inspiring love and care for the environments that sustain us all.


Build capacity to embed a progression of free, youth-focused, nature-based opportunities
in the core work of outdoor user groups, youth serving agencies, and other sectors city-wide.

Increase diversity in participation, planning, and leadership of nature-based activities.

Reduce the barriers to participation in nature-based activities,
through access to clothing, equipment, transportation, and programming.

Cultivate a diverse network of organizations that has the strength toleverage our
resources, expertise, and natural infrastructure to expand opportunities for youth.



Youth Outdoors-Duluth emerged early in 2016 from the Adventure Gap group. This collaborative of Youth Serving Agencies, outdoor providers, the Minnesota Land Trust, and the Northland Foundation recognized a disparity in access to Duluth’s abundant outdoor adventure amenities. Today Youth Outdoors-Duluth, with leadership from the Duluth Area Family YMCA, cultivates a network of Youth Serving Agencies, Outdoor Providers, Schools, Conservation, the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation, local foundations, public health, colleges, universities, and the community. These stakeholders are represented in the Youth Outdoors-Duluth Steering Committee by:

  • Duluth Area Family YMCA
  • The Northland Foundation
  • The Hills Youth and Family Services
  • The University of Minnesota Duluth
  • The Minnesota Land Trust
  • ISD-709 Duluth Public Schools
  • True North AmeriCorps
  • City of Duluth Parks and Recreation

This group is responsible for informing and driving development and action of the collaborative, and for convening the larger group of stakeholders three to four times annually for feedback and networking to garner support and expertise that advances our mission.


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YO About Us Partners YMCA
YO About Us Partners Hartley
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YO About Us Partners YWCA
YO About Us Partners Childrens Museum
YO About Us Partners Chester Bowl
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YO About Us Partners Marine General
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About Us

Youth Outdoors-Duluth coordinates resources and expertise community-wide to create a progression of opportunities for youth to explore our natural spaces.

Contact Us

302 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218)-722-4745 ext 140