Nick Ruschmeyer with Jay Peak Tram About the Reeno Foundation Nick's Legacy.

Nick's Story

The Reeno Foundation was created to honor the memory of Nicholas Ruschmeyer.

Nick was a warrior who always put others first. His wishes were for a foundation to be started to offer opportunities for young people to experience hiking, climbing, backcountry skiing, paddling, and all the outdoors has to offer.

His extraordinary courage, perseverance, and strength while battling cancer is a testament to his approach to life. Nick shared his passion for the outdoors with all he knew. He was a certified rock climbing instructor, backcountry guide, skier and snowboarder. As an accomplished mountaineer, Nick dedicated his life to leading people on experiences that allowed them to push themselves to grow and learn. Whether beginner or expert, Nick’s patience, kindness, knowledge, and love for what he did made everyone want to follow him.

Nick took his love for the outdoors and earned his bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education & Adventure Leadership at Johnson State College, VT. He worked as the Manager of Terrain Parks at Jay Peak Resort in VT designing and building the snowboard park features for the mountain and learning terrain. Nick was also the co-owner of Lynx Mountain Guides of VT and made his home in the northeast kingdom of Vermont.


The Reeno Foundation increases access to powerful transformative outdoor experiences for children and young adults. 

Focused in the northeastern US, Reeno enables young people to participate in experiential education or professional outdoor opportunities, and encourages a life-long connection to the natural world.

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Guided by the values and practices that Nick lived by, Reeno strives to expose, and therefore connect, people to the natural world through new and often challenging outdoor activities.

Through these experiences, Reeno recipients will expand their understanding and connection to, not only nature, but to themselves and the people around them. 

Reeno understands that being outdoors and pushing oneself to try new things can be truly transformative, and can set one on a previously unseen path; by providing scholarship funds, we strive to remove barriers for this transformation.

Elected Board Members

President: Sherrie Ruschmeyer

Vice President: Larry Ruschmeyer

Treasurer: Renee Duffield

Secretary: Lindsey Wight 

Community Partners

Thank You to Our Supporters

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Silverton Mountain 

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The Woodshed Lodge

Northern Forest Canoe Trail 

Bridgewater Chocolates

Other Members

Craig Cimmons 

Max Post 

Emma Schaffrick

William Jones 

Advisor's to the Board:

Michael Matson

 A Sincere Thank You

Thank you so much for your donation to the Reeno Foundation. Please check out the website to see how your donation will benefit a a scholarship recipient. Join us for future fundraisers, learn about the Reeno Foundation and Nick's Legacy.