The snow started falling outside our Bozeman office windows this week, signaling the beginning of a much-anticipated winter season. Many organizations reach out to donors this time of year, but we decided to do something a little different. In addition to asking you to give, we want to say thank you for your support by giving back to you. Hence, we’ve launched this year’s #GratefulGiveBack.
To show our appreciation and to celebrate the new Adventure Scientists, we’re doing a month of gear giveaways leading up to the #GratefulGiveBack Grand Prize on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29th. For every $30 donation, you’re entered to win that week’s gear and the final grand prize showcasing an aspect of our new tagline. All donations will be matched up to $10,000 by the Tomchin Family Foundation and the HerRay Foundation!
Explore: Exploration and discovery are at the heart of what we do, as adventurers and scientists. We rely on the outdoor adventure community because they pay close attention to detail, are creative problem solvers, and are able to share their experiences via the rich tradition of storytelling that is at the heart the outdoor community. As our grand prize giveaway, we’ve partnered with GoPro, Clif Bar, and others to outfit one of our contributors with all of the gear they’ll need and more to get out and explore this winter.
Take, for instance, our Global Microbe Study. Our volunteers are collecting crucial data for Harvard Medical School that would never have been available without the skills and enthusiasm of the outdoor community. By collecting animal scat from all over the world, our volunteers have helped Harvard Medical School find new species of Enterococcus bacteria and further their efforts to better understand the origins of antibiotic resistance. By understanding these origins, researchers believe they will one day be able to develop a solution to this growing human health issue.
Thousands of adventurers have contributed water samples to our Global Microplastics Initiative, which maps and analyzes the spread and proliferation of plastic particles smaller than 5 mm that likely pose a massive environmental and human health risk when they enter our waterways. At the moment, we’re talking with outdoor gear companies about reducing plastic fiber shed from outdoor clothing, government agencies about how to regulate microplastics in wastewater, and other scientists about how to further study the health effects of the pollution.