Introducing Our High School Clubs
Whether your prospective student club members are seasoned outdoor enthusiasts, or trying out activities for the first time, Trailblazer Outdoor Clubs provide the framework for high schools to create their own outdoor club, suited to their experience.
Engaging in outdoor learning experiences connects students with North Carolina’s nature and outdoor learning experiences can offer the ability to learn new hands-on skills, develop leadership and teambuilding potential, and make friends that have similar interests!
Trailblazer Outdoor Clubs in the inaugural 2023-2024 academic year will have exclusive access to grant funds, that can be used to fund field trips or to purchase supplies, such as camping, archery, or fishing equipment.
Please be advised that the application window for the 2023-2024 academic has now closed. If you have missed the application window, or if your school is unsuccessful in securing funding this first year, we will be reopening the application at a later date for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Inaugural Trailblazer Outdoor Clubs:
We are very pleased to announce the successful applicants to the inaugural year of the Trailblazer Outdoor Clubs program.
We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the grant application, which opened January 31st and closed April 17th. We received 84 fantastic applications from schools and are excited to be able to fund an additional 9 schools – increasing our inaugural clubs from 25 to 34.
Selecting schools for the inaugural year was not a decision process taken lightly, each application was individually evaluated to examine a range of factors, including geographic diversity, student need, potential impact, and applicant outdoor experience.
What if my school was not selected? We know this will be disappointing news but remind applicants that this is but the inaugural year in this new program. The application window will re-open next calendar year for the 2024/2025 school year, when we hope to add many more clubs and expand our range of impact.
Until then be sure to check out our Go Outside (GO) Grant program! We accept applications on a rolling basis.
Presenting our Trailblazer Outdoor Clubs for 2023-2024:
1. Alexander Central High School, Alexander County
2. Ashe County High School, Ashe County
3. A.C. Reynolds High School, Buncombe County
4. Enka High School, Buncombe County
5. Franklin School of Innovation, Buncombe County
6. North Buncombe High School, Buncombe County
7. Cox Mill High School, Cabarrus County
8. Croatan High School, Carteret County
9. Woods Charter School, Chatham County
10. Thomasville High School, Davidson County
11. Hillside High School, Durham County
12. John F. Kennedy High School, Forsyth County
13. Robbinsville High School, Graham County
14. Greene Central High School, Greene County
15. Triton High School, Harnett County
16. Agriculture and Science Early College, Iredell County
17. McDowell Early College, McDowell County
18. Franklin High School, Macon County
19. Bradford Preparatory School, Mecklenburg County
20. Charlotte Lab School, Mecklenburg County
21. Mitchell High School, Mitchell County
22. Southeast Area Technical (SEA-Tech) High School, New Hanover County
23. Swansboro High School, Onslow County
24. Pender Early College High School, Pender County
25. Red Springs High School, Robeson County
26. Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Rutherford County
27. Hobbton High School, Sampson County
28. Scotland Early College High School, Scotland County
29. South Stanly High School, Stanly County
30. Elkin High School, Surry County
31. Vance Charter School, Vance County
32. Watauga High School, Watauga County
33. Wayne School of Engineering, Wayne County
34. Wilkes Early College, Wilkes County