Programming & Scholarships

There are many ways to support our mission from small to large. Your gift of money and/or time is valuable and we provide the ability to choose where that gift is spent if you wish. If you don’t designate a specific project or program, you can be certain your contribution will make an impact. Click on the donate button to lend your support.


School Bus Field Trip Scholarships
$150 Each

Help bring local students outside for naturalist-guided field trips where they take part in activities like hiking, fishing, canoeing, geocaching, and conservation.

Get Kids Outside

Equestrian Scholarships
$75 Each

Sponsor at-risk youth or a therapy rider to attend summer horse camp at the Jester Park Equestrian Center. These programs promote character development, confidence, and physical and emotional wellness.

Sponsor Campers

Environmental Education Programming
Sponsor a program or special event that encourages people of all ages to get outdoors and learn more about our natural world. Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, bird watching, and camping are just a few programming ideas that get people outdoors.

Sponsor a Public Program

Healthy Lifestyle Programs

Sponsor a program or event that encourages active outdoor lifestyles. Snowshoe hike, cross-country ski, bike, canoe, or hike your way into a longer life.

Get Your Community Outside


General Support Opportunities

Become a Friend! Become a Friend of the Great Outdoors. Your annual membership allows you to show support for conservation and outdoor recreation projects in Central Iowa. Receive the latest news from The Great Outdoors Foundation and Polk County Conservation.

One Time Donation

Some people choose to make a one-time donation to the Great Outdoors Foundation. This gift helps support our efforts to create high quality, healthy living for Greater Polk County through extended open space, restored landscapes, recreation and greater outdoor education opportunities.

*We are incredibly grateful for the support of donors who create funds for a specific purpose with the Foundation. Those donations provide the funding necessary for the us to carry out our purposes. While we are very appreciative of the support, restrictive funds require administrative resources to administer and monitor. Given this, the Foundation has determined that a small portion of all gifts contributed for a specific purpose may be used to defray operating costs of the Foundation. If a donor contributes any amount for a specific purpose, the donor shall be deemed to have consented to an allocation of 10% of the amount for administrative expenses of the Foundation. This policy shall be effective for all gifts contributed after the date of its adoption, as of January 22, 2014.

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