Black River Outdoor Education Program

Located in Boonville, NY and the surrounding Tug Hill/Black River Valley region on the western edge of the Adirondack Park, the Black River Outdoor Education Program (BROEP) establishes awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the environment by providing students with educational lessons in geology, ecology, biology, and history while engaging them in various outdoor aerobic activities. These activities include kayaking, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Since its inception in 2008, more than 100 schools and 72,000 students have participated in BROEP activities.

Through these educational and aerobic activities, students are taught the benefits and importance of outdoor recreation, which gives them a chance to better their physical endurance and overall health. Moreover, research indicates that the symptoms of childhood obesity, ADHD, and diabetes can be alleviated when a child is physically active and that outdoor aerobic activity is superior to indoor activity. This interaction with the outdoors will also cultivate a generation of environmental stewards who have formed a spiritual, physical, and emotional connection with nature and who nurture their love for the outdoors from youth to adulthood.

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(BROEP is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation incorporated in the state of Delaware.)