​Why Give

Your support of Inside the Outdoors helps us make a difference in the lives of young people from all backgrounds and economic levels.  Here are just a few reason you should support our efforts:

  • We create and deliver innovative and effective programs that get results and make a difference in the lives of children.
  • We provide experiential and transformational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning experiences.
  • We proactively reach out to and positively impact underserved communities.
  • We have high penetration and credibility in the education community since 1974.
  • We create personal connections to nature and stewardship of the environment.
While Inside the Outdoors is part of the Orange County Department of Education, we are 100% self-supporting and do not receive funding from them. Over 60% of the students who attend an Inside the Outdoors program would not be able to do so without help.  We depend on community support to fund the environmental education programs we provide for thousands of school children each year.
Every gift to Inside the Outdoors Foundation represents a gift to the respective project area. Project areas include Educational Experiences, Wildlife Care, Teaching Tools, or Restoring Rancho Soñado. Gifts designated for a particular project are used as requested until that need is fully met. Any remaining money is put to use where it is needed most.
Your support will help us address the following problems:
  • Local schools continue to suffer significant budget cuts may impact science and nature education.  Without programs like ITO to fill the gap, science and nature programs will continue to be cut and children will lose vital opportunities for transformational education experiences.
  • The need for innovative education programs has never been greater: health, social and academic measures show that children continue to struggle to be “healthier, happier, and smarter”.
  • Our local economy and community needs rapid growth of students who are competent in the areas of science.
Inside the Outdoors is funded through a mix of participant fees, grants, and donations. The need for scholarships is growing as education funding declines and schools and families struggle to provide experiential learning for children. In addition to program fees, Inside the Outdoors relies on the support of individual donors and institutional funders to provide scholarships and support to low income children, to provide community programs for families, and to expand outreach in underserved communities.