December 18, 2010 in Outdoors

Inner City Outings director Chris Bachman

“We must offer kids something if we expect them to turn off TV, have a connection to nature and be respectful of the environment when they grow up,” Chris Bachman said, summarizing his devotion to taking underprivileged kids on outoor trips. In September, four years after founding Spokane’s Inner City Outings program, Bachman, 44, was honored at the Sierra Club’s national convention with the 2010 Madelyn Pyeatt Award for working with youth. With five certified leaders plus volunteers, he organizes about 16 outings a year to immerse kids ages 8-12 in nature-based education along with activities such as hiking, paddling and snowshoeing.


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