A father’s passion to give EVERY child knowledge of the outdoors

Morgan Murri, Founder of GECKO, was so inspired by the growth and transformation he witnessed in his daughter after her participation in NOLS (National OutdoorLeadership School), that he sought an opportunity to give back to the youth of today but wasn’t sure where to start. After reading Richard Louv’s book entitled, The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder (Amazon.com), his mission became clear. In the book, Richard Louv’s fundamental argument is that children of today are so “wired” into television, computers and video games that they’ve almost completely severed their connection to the world outdoors.

Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors (GECKO). The premise sounds simple enough. Yet study after study shows that our children aren’t getting enough outdoor play. And this trend isn’t improving. The latest information shows that less than 25% of children are active outdoors more than twice per week. Does this statistic worry you? Because it definitely worries us.

GECKO has raised over $150,000 through events and donations since 2008. This money funds outdoor education for children through scholarships to the nation’s leading outdoor education providers. Our goal is simple: To give EVERY child knowledge of the outdoors.

GECKO is actively seeking corporate and annual sponsors to partner with us as we grow our local, regional and nationwide campaigns to Give Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors. Please contact us for more information.

GECKO People

GECKO headquarters, deep in the San Juan Mountains in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, is home to the dedicated men & women that help GECKO  thrive. GECKO enjoys the support and contribution from a vast number of generous volunteers and mentors, including an Executive Board; a Working Committee; Event Volunteers; Fundraisers and Patrons.

GECKO Mission

GECKO’s key objectives:

  • To give EVERY child knowledge of the outdoors. Raise as much money as possible to provide scholarships for outdoor leadership programs that will profoundly impact the lives of teenagers and make a lasting difference;
  • Deliver the most phenomenal outdoor events across all disciplines – trail running, mountain biking, ultras, road running, triathlon, road cycling, swimming and any other sport that comes our way;
  • Partner with our communities and stake-holders to use cycling and running as tools of health and inspiration. Growing both our GECKO participation and awareness while at the same time promote this healthy lifestyle embraced by the communities we serve.
  • Live the dream and spread the word for training and racing outdoors, in our region and beyond, and give back to the sports that have given so much to us.