The Rethink Outside™ Fellowship will support, connect, and elevate an intergenerational group of leaders and storytellers who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, and are connecting people with nature and the outdoors.

Rethink Outside™ is a call to action for all who believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors – because when people connect with nature we all benefit. Launched in October 2019 and coordinated by the Blue Sky Funders Forum, the Rethink Outside™ shared narrative has unified voices to express the benefits of time spent outdoors as a human right. Rethink Outside™ has engaged hundreds of organizations across the country that are committed to changing prevailing public narratives around time spent in nature. However, leaders of color and their important work in creating outdoor experiences and connections to nature remains largely mis or under-represented. The Rethink Outside™ Fellowship will challenge this dominant narrative by elevating and supporting leaders and storytellers who represent a diversity of lived and professional experiences, age, gender identities, racial and ethnic identities, and geographic locations.

From October 2021 – March 2022, fellows will engage with peers through customized opportunities to build community, co-create, and access resources for more impactful communications that will bring new allies and funders to support their work. They will receive skill-building trainings, a mini-grant to use during the fellowship, connections with leaders in the field as mentors, and more.

Qualified applicants who cannot be supported with the fellowship experience (due to resource limitations) will be invited to select events and offerings through the Rethink Outside™ Fellowship to build community and positively impact all interested applicants. All applicants are invited to join the Rethink Outside™ community to access resources and events.

To learn more about the fellowship, join us for a Q/A webinar on July 22 or August 10 at 2 pm EST. Registration is required. Please submit questions ahead of time here.

Applications are being taken here: