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We can’t fathom what it’s like to be on the frontlines of the greatest healthcare crisis of our generation, but we do know this: our healthcare workers deserve the opportunity to adventure and recharge together in beautiful, wild places.

So, First Descents and the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation have launched HERO RECHARGE – a nationwide series of outdoor adventure programs for healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.

HERO RECHARGE Programs are designed to improve mental health, nurture supportive peer relationships, and better position providers to carry out their important work. Left unaddressed and without effective opportunities for respite and renewal, our healthcare system may face long-term disruption.

To ensure safe and efficient program implementation, First Descents is working closely with an infectious disease specialist, nationwide healthcare partners, and local officials to add single-day and multi-day programs for healthcare workers directly impacted by COVID-19.

Interested in supporting HERO RECHARGE? Extend the healing power of adventure to more healthcare workers by donating today.

To apply to attend a HERO RECHARGE program, please click the “Inquire about a Program” button below!

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Surfing | Yoga | Westport, WA

October 9, 2020 - October 11, 2020

At First Descents, Out Living It means more than just epic adventures, it also means self-care and community. Join us for a surfing and yoga Out Living It weekend program with your fellow healthcare workers. The dedicated folks at Bigfoot Surf will help you catch killer waves at Westhaven State…

Eligibility: Open to Washington Healthcare Workers
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Hiking | New York City, NY

September 26, 2020 - September 26, 2020

Come enjoy a beautiful fall hike with your fellow healthcare workers. We're teaming up with Discover Outdoors guides to bring you on a friendly all-level exploration. Escape the city and get outside while the weather is still warm enough to enjoy some adventure and connection with your peers. Since we…

Eligibility: Open to New York Healthcare Workers
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Hiking | New York City, NY

October 24, 2020 - October 24, 2020

Head out of the city for a day filled with awesome people, beautiful hiking, and some mindfulness practice. Our friends at Adventure Untamed will guide us on this glorious four-mile hike with spectacular viewpoints in Black Rock Forest. Whether you’re a beginner or an avid hiker, this program has something…

Eligibility: Open to Healthcare Workers
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Healthcare Workers

Rock Climbing | Shawangunk Mountains

September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Take some time to connect with nature alongside fellow healthcare workers on this invigorating HERO RECHARGE program with First Descents! In the spirit of Out Living It, this weekend strives to light you up with adventure and community.  Just two hours north of NYC lies the Gunks, home to some…

Eligibility: Open to New York Healthcare Workers
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Rock Climbing | Shawangunk Mountains

October 2, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Enjoy the crisp air of early Fall in the breathtaking Shawangunk Mountains on this HERO RECHARGE rock climbing program with First Descents.  Just two hours north of NYC, the "Gunks" are home to some of the most renowned rock climbing in the Northeast. Spend the weekend with Alpine Endeavors, climbing…

Eligibility: Open to New York Healthcare Workers
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Rafting | Berkshires, MA

October 2, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Take some time to connect with nature alongside fellow healthcare workers on this invigorating HERO RECHARGE program with First Descents! Take a break, enjoy some water time, and spend the weekend rafting and relaxing in the Berkshires. Zoar Outdoor will be hosting us for a rafting adventure in the beautiful…

Eligibility: Open to Massachusetts Healthcare Workers
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