Based in the Taos, New Mexico, area and beyond, Field Institute of Taos has been connecting youth with the natural world and encouraging healthy, active lifestyles since 1996. Their vision includes developing a strong sense of place and building community connections. Unique, outdoor education programs include summer day camps, camping/backpacking trips, school experiential education (on and off campus), conservation education, after-school programs, an inclusive, family-oriented cycling team, a high school mountain bike team and FIT Neighborhood camp. Field Institute of Taos is active in collaborative efforts within the community, working with other nonprofit organizations as well as local schools and public land managers.
By providing positive, healthy opportunities for experiencing hands-on nature exploration and outdoor skills development, these programs help youth develop good mental and physical health while connecting with the local environment. A strong mentorship component runs through all Field Institute of Taos programs, where youth and adults are encouraged to share their knowledge and support each other.