Groundwork Rhode Island (GWRI) is a community-based nonprofit that helps make Rhode Island's urban communities healthier and more resilient. The organization works to improve the physical environment and create economic opportunities for residents through job training, employment, and social venture programs.

This past August, the NFF welcomed GWRI to Rumney Rocks, a nationally recognized climbing area encompassing approximately 150 acres of Rattlesnake Mountain on the White Mountain National Forest.

Photo by the NFF.

GWRI's Green Team, comprised of eight youth members and two youth leaders from Providence and Pawtucket, focused on rebuilding a 14-foot long ladder at Rumney Rock's Main Cliff, which had been previously destroyed by falling debris. Throughout the week, the GWRI youth brought their past training and experience to the project while also learning new skills by working side by side with Forest Service staff from the Pemigewasset Ranger District.

On the final day, the NFF invited GWRI to participate in an introductory climbing activity at Rumney Rocks, led by Northeast Mountaineering. This opportunity allowed the Groundwork Rhode Island youth to experience why so many visitors are drawn to this site!

Photo courtesy of Northeast Mountaineering.

When NFF field staff asked one of GWRI's members to rate their experience on the White Mountain National Forest from 1 to 10, they replied, "it was an infinity out of 10," and that they "would love to return again next season!"

This project was made possible with support from the National Forest Foundation and a grant award from Hydroflask's Parks for All program.

Cover photo by the NFF.


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