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Green Paddle award winner - Outside Foundation

Monday, November 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Stec
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Presented annually to an individual or a group that has made an outstanding contribution to paddlesport by protecting America's waterways.

The Outside Foundation is a grassroots organization that focuses on preserving both the beach and the tidal salt marsh environment in Beaufort County, SC.  The Outside Foundation, and its executive director Jean Fruh, strive to inspire both locals and tourists to embrace and protect our local waterways. They employ many different methods to encourage as many people as possible to become involved with clean-up and conservancy efforts and have played a critical role in important environmental initiatives getting pushed through legislation. One of the most important initiatives they have employed this year is The Oyster Recycling and Reef Build Initiative (ORRBI), a community-based oyster shell recycling and bed restoration project. Many other examples of their efforts are included below.

• The Outside Foundation believes that children cannot invest in protecting that which they don’t know and understand. Since its inception in 2014, The Outside Foundation has introduced over 2000 local school children to our tidal ecosystem using kayaks and paddle boards as modes of transportation. This program, called Kids in Kayaks, addresses the future of conservancy by putting paddles in the hands of teachers and students and getting them out on the water to learn/explore. 
• Organizes and hosts over 12 cleanups every year. Since 2014 we have organized 23 cleanups utilizing 745 volunteers and have removed over 3 tons of trash 
•The Outside Foundation was part of the driving force that pushed through the plastic bag ban in Beaufort County and on Hilton Head Island. and the “Skip the Straw” initiative 
• Created and has organized the “Keep The Broad Creek Clean Festival” for the past three years. One of the largest kayak clean-ups of Broad Creek kicks off the festival each year.

Jean Fruh and The Outside Foundation has, with ingenuity and passion, found a way to draw people into the outdoors and inspire them to get involved. By reaching out to our youth and enticing them to get outside and embrace their surroundings, The Outside Foundation is ensuring the future conservancy of our waterways. 


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