BranchOut began as a way to motivate people to spend more time outdoors. Our vision is to provide people with an experience in nature they'll never forget, all without having to leave their city. Each adventure is designed to be a fun, challenging, and collaborative opportunity to spend time with friends and family outdoors. By customizing each experience to a specific location, we are able to create a one-of-a-kind adventure that not only teaches people about their city's greenspace, but helps them see these spaces in a whole new light.
About The Creator
Rick Thomas is the creator of BranchOut Parks. While at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Rick worked as part of a team that explored the feasibility of outdoor escape rooms as a means to promote environmental stewardship. Rick oversaw puzzle design for the team that challenged and taught kids about such topics as species identification, water filtration, wilderness survival skills, animal track identification, and natural history. His puzzles have been featured as exhibits at numerous community organizations, including the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History & Sea Center, Santa Barbara Zoo, Museum of Exploration + Innovation, the Brevard Zoo, and the National Academy of Sciences. To date, his puzzles have been played by over 5,000 intrepid adventurers.