GECKO Affiliated Institutions

We are proud to endorse these leaders in Outdoor Adventure Education and believe that each program in which we enroll a student will result in positive and substantive growth that not only benefits the student but his/her community.

NOLS - National Outdoor Leadership School HMI - High Mountain Institute

GECKO Scholarships

Fulfilling our mission; To Give Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors.

GECKO scholarship recipients, applicants and past recipients celebrating GECKO's 5th Party April 2013

Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors (GECKO). The premise sounds simple enough. Yet study after study shows that our children aren't getting enough outdoor play. And this trend isn't improving.

Through donations and events, GECKO is raising money to help children from all walks of life experience outdoor programming through scholarships to the nation's leading outdoor education providers.

Through organizations like NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), HMI (High-Mountain Institute) and WildPagosam, GECKO is enabling youth to reconnect with the outdoors through sensory exploration and hands-on experiences. One of the main goals of the program is to foster a deep respect and appreciation for the natural world and to encourage participants to become stewards of the earth.

Notes From The Field.

"Going on a NOLS course has changed my life, it has made me a more mature young adult, a stronger leader, and a better all around citizen. I look forward to being able to apply these newly learned skills to my everyday life. Thank you GECKO Donors and Sponsors for giving me this once in a lifetime experience."



"Thank you GECKO for granting me the experience of a lifetime!"

I spent 16 days on the river with some of the best people I'm sure I will ever meet. Life outdoors is the best place to be!"


Listen to what a GECKO scholarship recipient said about her time at High-Mountain Institute (HMI):

"I've learned my strengths and my weaknesses, physical and mental, my leadership abilities and how they affect a group of people. This HMI trip has been the most effective and wonderful experience that has happened in my life thus far. Thank you GECKO!"

If you have, or are, a kid looking for this kind of change in your life contact us at Or fill out the Scholarship application below.

Scholarship Application (Word Document)

Scholarship Application (PDF)

Corporate Sponsors

Nols - National Outdoor Leadership Society Road Runners Club of America A&L Coors Children and Nature The Hub