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Outdoor experiences and discovery in the natural world are fundamental to children's learning, well-being, creativity and health. By providing quality indoor and outdoor learning environments, we give children the structures they need to explore, discover and learn.
Nathan Ligo founded “The Society for the Betterment of the Human Condition through the Training, Instruction and Propagation of Budo Karate” in 1999. Ligo Dojo of Budo Karate (a d.b.a. name for the same 501.c.3 nonprofit) opened its first dojo (karate school) in Durham in 2006 and a second one in Chapel Hill in 2011. Our dojos are open to the general public and membership fees are on a sliding scale. We utilize grant funds to support our general mission and youth outreach.
The Jackson Center is a public history and community development located at the gateway of the historic Northside of Chapel Hill, NC. The Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods are home to an abundant history of life after Reconstruction, under Jim Crow, during Civil Rights Action, and in wake of desegregation. Today, they are one of the most racially, ethnically, and economically diverse neighborhoods in the region.
The UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center informs and inspires the public about the foundations and frontiers of scientific discovery. Through innovative educational experiences, Morehead engages the public and the University community in a forum for interpreting contemporary science.
NC Arts in Action inspires our children. Founded in 2005, NC AIA is dedicated to transforming the lives of children through participation in the arts. Programs are held at Frank Porter Graham, Triangle Youth Ballet, and Ballet School of Chapel Hill. Scope Over 500 kids a year
NCTRC exists to empower children and adults with physical, emotional, mental and social challenges to create active, healthier and more fulfilling lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). The organization is the oldest therapeutic riding center in North Carolina and serves riders in Alamance, Orange, Chatham, Wake, and Durham counties.
North Carolina Outward Bound provides character building wilderness experiences. Students will be challenged to realize their full potential, how to work within a team, and how to rely on oneself. Our North Carolina wilderness courses are held in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Outer Banks. We provide courses for 14-16 year olds, 16-18 year olds and 18+.
The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) presents performances featuring cutting edge contemporary choreography and traditional rhythm tap as it was danced in its prime. Imagine Stomp, Riverdance, vaudeville, Fred Astaire and Bring In Da Noise all on the same bill — that’s NCYTE! The company has performed or collaborated with the Greensboro Symphony, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mallarme Chamber Players, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and many jazz musicians around the nation and world.