B.E.A.R. Co-op Executive Director Diane Olsen shared some of the 2016 accomplishments in a new year's e-mail this month.

The organization works with schools, community groups and volunteers to get kids outdoors and help develop social skills. B.E.A.R. stands for Bitterroot Ecological Awareness Resources and has offices on West Main in Hamilton. It started in 1993.

Olsen said over 400 youth were in BEAR programs last year, and over 90 percent "increased their pro-social behaviors and connected to the outdoors in new ways."

The program includes after-school groups, one-on-one mentoring, in-school groups and more. BEAR had over 5,000 hours in such activities in 2016.

You can find out more about BEAR at their website. And they're always looking for more volunteers to help expand their programs.