Category Archives: Foundation News & Events

Botanical gardens preserve nature’s beauty at the Bartlett Arboretum

Just 20 miles east of Chris’ hometown, you’ll find the Bartlett Arboretum. A local treasure now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, it was established in 1910. Chris loved to explore the beautiful botanical gardens, hidden away at the … Continue reading

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Work begins on Gunsight Bridge in Crested Butte

More than 130 years of harsh weather with bitter winter cold and heavy spring run-off has taken its toll on Gunsight Bridge, which serves as a connection between the most popular trails in the Gunnison Valley and the town of Crested Butte. … Continue reading

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Rebuilding a school after devastating earthquakes strike Nepal

In 2015, Nepal was devastated by earthquakes, and many of their schools were destroyed. The dZi Foundation works in partnership with some of the most remote communities in Nepal to create lasting improvements in their quality of life. The devastating … Continue reading

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Bringing world-class ice climbing to people with disabilities

Regardless of ability, the Foundation hopes to give equal opportunities for people to experience nature and feel the exhilaration of outdoor adventure. For the second year, the Foundation is supporting Paradox Sports with a $1,000 grant to help bring together novice … Continue reading

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Adaptive Sports Center: The Atkins Family

This video is featured on the Adaptive Sports Center’s website.  The Chris Mikesell Foundation has given $17,500 to the Adaptive Sports Center to help enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities through outdoor adventure activities. The Atkins Family from … Continue reading

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Y’s Camp Hyde connects kids to nature near Chris’ hometown

Not far from Chris’ hometown of Clearwater, Kan., the Y’s Camp Hyde gives hundreds of kids the opportunity to explore and appreciate nature while having a blast in camp activities like nature education, canoeing, hiking, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, swimming … Continue reading

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Providing relief after devastation in Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, about 3.4 million people were left without power and the island’s energy grid was all but destroyed. Without electricity, there was no power to … Continue reading

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Fostering a love of nature for kids

Each summer, kids explore nature and soak in the outdoors at the Kansas Wildlife Federation’s Outdoor Adventure Camp. Chris loved spending time in nature and spent a lot of his time enjoying outdoor activities. That’s why the Foundation makes it … Continue reading

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A story that embodies the Crested Butte Community

An excerpt from a thank you letter from Noel Durant, Executive Director of the Crested Butte Land Trust. Jen, a local resident, before this summer, had never ridden a mountain bike. Inspired by her teenage son, Holden, who rides with … Continue reading

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Riding horses therapy to people with disabilities

For someone with a physical, developmental or intellectual disability, interacting with horses can have a profound impact. In 2017, the Foundation gave Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center, located near Chris’ hometown in Wichita, Kan., a $500 grant to continue its … Continue reading

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