OAK Week 2015 featuring launch of Every Kid in a Park initiative
OAK's annual gathering is just around the corner! We are excited to welcome everyone to DC for OAK Week, September 14 - 16. OAK Week will feature a Welcome Reception, an Every Kid in a Park Youth Event, OAK’s Annual Member Meeting and an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
“A Day in the Park - OAK Every Kid in a Park Youth Event” will celebrate President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative to provide the opportunity for every fourth grader across the nation to experience our public lands and waters for free. A Day in the Park will be the signature event for youth during OAK Week, and will engage over 100 local fourth grade students who will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of DC’s Rock Creek Park through a nature hike and several activity stations. The fourth grade students will also receive their Every Kid in a Park pass at the event. We will be joined by NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis and other dignitaries for this special launch event.
We hope you can join us for OAK Week 2015! If you plan to attend but have not yet RSVP'd, please do so now.
Welcome to OAK's New Members!
OAK would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members, The Woods Project and UC Berkeley School of Natural Resources.
The Woods Project, based in Houston, Texas, prepares students for college and beyond by developing life and leadership skills through wilderness exploration. The Woods Project engages students and volunteer leaders in school year and summer programs featuring outdoor and environmental studies. Find out more at http://www.thewoodsproject.org/.
UC Berkeley School of Natural Resources is working to connect under-served youth with parks and other outside spaces through their new Education Outreach initiative. The initiative is creating partnerships between institutions of higher education, parks and other organizations. Learn more at https://nature.berkeley.edu/.
Girl Scouts White House Campout
On June 30, First Lady Michelle Obama held the first-ever White House Campout as part of the Let’s Move! Outside initiative. The campout was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and celebrated the National Park Service Centennial as well as Great Outdoors Month. Read more here.
The Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) will be held in Portland, Oregon, October 14-16. The WRMC is an annual gathering dedicated to educating wilderness practitioners on risk management and practical skills. More information and register at nols.edu/wrmc.
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) will hold their annual conference & research symposium Oct 15 - 18 in San Diego. Register here.