Hi! I’m Emily, and I’m passionate about getting kids outside and inspiring them to become the next generation of stewards of our beautiful public lands. I have memories of a childhood filled with trips to National Parks and conserved lands and participating in environmental education at a young age. Those experiences shaped my passions for nature, science and engineering, conservation, outdoor leadership and stewardship. They also contribute to the refuge I find in nature when adult life throws a curve ball. Enjoying nature is a key to happiness, well being, and a career in science or engineering. This challenge is deeply personal and important to me. Let's get kids outside!!
Lasy summer, I raised money for the youth programs by thru-hiking the John Muir Trail. This summer, I'm turning it up a notch and will be thru-hiking the super duper challenging South Sierra High Route for The Mountaineers youth programs. I am excited to join this adventure and share my stoke for our public lands. My personal goal is to raise $1,000 for youth programs.
Please donate to help us reach our goals for funding awesome youth programs!
Our Parks | Your Adventure challenge
Designed to inspire our community to get outside and celebrate our wild places, the Our Parks Your Adventure Challenge is a fun way for Mountaineers to challenge themselves while doing good for our community. From urban parks to National Parks and everything in between, our community of adventurers are rallying together to raise $40,000 for Mountaineers youth programs.
Getting the next generation outside
The outdoors has the power to transform our minds and fuel our souls. At The Mountaineers, we've been getting poeple outside for 111-years, and we're still inspired by the smiling faces returning from the outdoors. We believe everyone should experience the magic of our wild places, and that's why we're committed to bringing outdoor experiences to today’s youth.
OPYA supports The Mountaineers youth programs where we introduce young people to the benefits of the outdoors: self-confidence and self-reliance, perseverance, an appreciation for the natural world and protecting it, and a healthy, meaningful life. In 2017 alone, we introduced 1,670 youth to the outdoors - 975 of whom were on scholarship and wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to engage with the outdoors. Please donate to support this amazing cause, or consider joining Team OPYA to fundraise with your own challenge. You can learn more about the entire program on our FAQ page.
Groups and individuals raising money for the same goal.
|Carrie & Hannah||8||$895|
|Imran & Miles||4||$225|
|Kathy Vaughan & Lisa Eversgerd||3||$125|
|Leone, Jen, Sara, Katie and Ada||8||$445|
|Ras Vaughan (UltraPedestrian Ras)||6||$190|
|Shaun & Elaine||17||$780|
|Tess, Michael, Mark and Hadi||27||$1,665|
|The Vogl Boys||31||$1,380|