WHAT WE DO
Get Outside is a nonprofit organization designed to promote a culture of outdoor recreation and healthy lifestyle in southern Utah. As an entity, our primary vision is for both youth and adults to engage in outdoor recreation in order to improve physical and mental health.
We challenge students to move out of their comfort zones and challenge their perceived abilities while creating opportunities to serve in their communities.
The three main barriers keeping our youth from getting outside have been identified as:
LACK OF OPPORTUNITY
Many students don’t know anyone who can take them to outdoor recreation areas. We create excursions that allow students to engage with the natural beauty of southern Utah.
LACK OF EDUCATION
Many students and their role models don’t have the necessary knowledge and training to participate safely in outdoor activities. We provide opportunities for students to receive the training required to engage in mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing, among other activities.
LACK OF FUNDING
Many students don’t have the funding required for bikes, boots, carabiners, and other gear need to participate in outdoor recreation. We allow access to the necessary equipment for activities.
We allow youth and families to overcome these barriers, and we have established Get Outside Clubs in each high school in Washington and Iron County. Each club is run by students under the direction of a faculty or staff adviser.
These clubs will provide networking and opportunities for youth to engage outside. We will also provide education and training through clinics for various outdoor recreation activities ensuring that these youth can engage in outdoor recreation safely.
We are actively engaged in helping students overcome financial barriers by looking for sources of outdoor equipment and arranging for means of connecting these sources with the Get Outside Clubs. We are also searching for donors to help offset the financial barriers that block many low-income youth from participating in outdoor recreation.
John R. Taylor
John is heavily involved in both biological research at Southern Utah University, and equally active in science education through the state of Utah. He currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Integrative Learning at SUU, President of the Utah Science Teachers Association, and board member of the Zion National Park Forever Project (the official non-profit partner of Zion National Park).
John is the parent of three boys, and an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and other life sports.
Carly is a recent SUU graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She grew up in Panguitch, Utah and has been in Cedar City for the last six years, except for an 18-month mission to Iowa for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loves living in southern Utah where the possibilities for outdoor adventure are endless. Her favorite place to go is Lake Powell, but loves any outdoor activity and has grown to love snowboarding since getting married in 2016. She has worked with the public lands for three summers and is excited to begin this new adventure with Get Outside.
The former Director of Tourism for southwestern Utah, Mark has worked as a marketing and development consultant for over 100 outdoor and tourism based businesses. He has worked as a professional photographer, videographer, and outdoor guide, and has written articles about southern Utah's great natural attractions for numerous publications.
Mark is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and outdoor adventurer. He and his wife Denise have raised four children in southern Utah and they all love getting outside.
Marshall was born and raised in southern Utah. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Southern Utah University, where he also minored in botany and chemistry. He earned a Master’s Degree in Entomology from the University of Hawaii, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration from Utah State University. His love for the outdoors, the desert, and teaching brought him back to Nevada, then Arizona, and now Utah
An educator by profession, he taught biology, AP Biology and AP Human Anatomy and Physiology. He was also the head coach for wrestling and volleyball and served in public school administration as a high school principal and an associate superintendent. His career as an educator spanned 40 years.
Marshall has also served on numerous boards and committees for federal, state, and local entities, and he currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. A lifelong bird enthusiast and educator, he continues to teach environmental science at Dixie State University.
Anilee is happy to be involved with Get Outside because of her passion for the outdoors and belief that being outside is important for health and happiness in life. Growing up in Saint George, she spent a lot of her time exploring the surrounding canyons, mountains, and deserts, and still loves to get outside for some nature therapy whenever she can.
In 2006, Anilee began working in the Grand Canyon as a whitewater guide and still manages to make a few trips each season, even though she now has a “real” job at Dixie State University that keeps her busy. She also loves canyoneering, camping, and playing at the lake; any lake will do, but Lake Powell is definitely a favorite.
Founder and President
Dr. Mizukawa was born in San Antonio, Texas, raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, but finished high school in Saint George, Utah. He is proud to call southern Utah home. After serving a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fukuoka, Japan, he attended Brigham Young University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience, after which he received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He then completed a residency at Vanderbilt University in 2011 and eventually returned to Saint George to join Dixie Oral Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery, where he is currently a partner.
Dr. Mizukawa has felt the positive influence of the outdoors on physical and mental health in his own life, and has seen the influence on youth. It was this observation, along with a deep concern for the well-being of future generations that motivated him to start Get Outside and take action against sedentary lifestyles. Dr. and Mrs. Mizukawa have six children now. They enjoy spending as much time as possible in the outdoors, whether in the mountains, on the lake, or in the beautiful canyons of southern Utah. Some of their fondest family memories involve the outdoors, including rock climbing, camping, biking, boating, and hiking throughout the country.