Kentucky for Kentucky is teaming up with Explore Kentucky! Together, we're dropping new line of products to promote Kentucky's rich outdoor legacy and get more people outside.
PRODUCTS WITH A PURPOSE
A percentage of the sale of this collection will go to the development of Explore Kentucky's outdoor equity fund, which will support projects that promote positive health outcomes, inclusivity, diversity, and leadership in Kentucky’s outdoors with focus on Black, brown, immigrant, and refugee populations.
ABOUT EXPLORE KENTUCKY
Founded in 2013 by Gerry Seavo James, the Explore Kentucky Initiative is a Black-owned and led outdoor oriented social enterprise dedicated to inspiring Kentuckians and visitors to the Commonwealth to engage in an active lifestyle fueled by outdoor adventure while preserving the natural resources of our 120 counties.
WHAT ALL HAS EXPLORE KENTUCKY DONE SO FAR...? SO GLAD YOU ASKED!
The Tube-A-Thon! Kentucky for Kentucky's partnership with Explore Kentucky began in 2018 during the annual Tube-A-Thon and in 2019, Explore Kentucky took ownership of this wildly fun and successful event, to be continued!
Development of the Beaver Creek Blueway Trail in Barron County for kayak, canoe, and stand up paddleboard access. EKI worked in partnership with the City of Glasgow, National Park Service, & VFW Post 5906 to clean up a 3 mile section of Beaver Creek from the VFW Club to the city’s Beaver Creek Park, ensuring free parking for paddlers is available at both ends of the trail. EKI facilitated the mapping of the stream, developing an identity for the stream as a blueway trail, leading the heavy clean-up work, fundraising, and hosting an initial community clean-up event. EKI is excited about this project as it will positively impact Barren County's quality of life, public health, and Beaver Creek's ecology for future generations to come.
Providing technical assistance and support to Friends of Cherokee State Historic Park. Cherokee Park, situated on the banks of Kentucky Lake, was open from 1949-1963 as Kentucky’s only state park for its African American population during the Jim Crow Era. EKI's role is to help the Friends continue growing Cherokee into a premier site for cultural, historical, and educational resources concerning African American history, culture, achievements, and contributions to the commonwealth.
Hosting and assisting with free to affordable environmental education workshops, guided hikes, race events, and festivals. Events have included the Bluegrass River Run, In My Backyard Red River Gorge, Drakes Creek Watershed Festival, Ohio River Paddlefest, Black Lives Matter Paddle Out Kentucky, and Explore Kentucky’s Ancient Forest.
Creation of a vibrant social media community centered around the hashtag #ExploreKentucky. Check it out and join in!