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National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years

OAK Praises Secretary Jewell's initiative to get youth outdoors in 50 cities

Welcome New Members!
Join OAK and PBS Kids for a Twitter Party

Be a Backyard Superhero with TurfMutt!
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April 14: OAK Steering Committee Meeting (2:00pm ET) - Steering Committee Only
April 16: Join OAK and PBS Kids for a Twitter Party (2:00pm ET) #PBSOutdoors
May 6: National Walk/Bike to School Day
May 13: Policy Action Team Call (4:00pm ET) - OAK Members Only
May 16: National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day
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National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation just launched the “Find Your Park” campaign to connect with and create the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates for our public lands. In 2016, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. The Outdoors Alliance for Kids supports the nationwide effort to increase opportunities for kids and families to experience and enjoy our National Parks, public lands and waters. Support the campaign on Twitter with hashtag #FindYourPark

OAK Praises Secretary Jewell's initiative to get youth outdoors in 50 cities
In New York City, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a commitment from American Express that will support a new initiative with YMCA of the USA to connect young people with the outdoors in fifty cities across America. The effort is part of the Secretary’s effort to connect millions of children and youth with opportunities to play, learn, serve and work in the outdoors. The Y is one of OAK’s founding steering committee members, and has been a steadfast champion for improving the health and wellness of children across this nation through opportunities to get outdoors. OAK looks forward to working with the administration and YMCA of the USA to realize this bold vision for America’s children and youth

Welcome New Members!
We're pleased to welcome two new members to the Outdoors Alliance for Kids this month!
  • The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most,to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. BGCA has a fundamental commitment to kid's health and a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle is outdoor activity and growth through new opportunities! Learn more
  • WGBH's Plum Landing is a PBS Kids STEM environmental science exploration project, which offers families and educators fun and easy activities to get kids outside and connected to nature. Explore Plum's games, activities and videos online at PBSKIDS.org
Warm welcome to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and WGBH's Plum Landing. Interested in joining OAK? Apply today.

Join OAK and PBS Kids for a Twitter Party
Speaking of PBS Kids...On Wednesday, April 15th from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET, OAK will be joining PBS Kids for a Twitter Party to "Explore the Outdoors." We'll be answering questions about getting outside during Earth Month. We hope you'll join the party. PBS Kids will be tweeting from @PBSKids and OAK will be tweeting from @OAK_Updates. And you can join the fun using this hashtag: #PBSOutdoors

Be a Backyard Superhero with TurfMutt!
Contest entries accepted until TODAY April 13th
Inspire the kids in your life to think (and write) about how to better take care of the green space around them. Two grand prize-winners in the new TurfMutt science contest will be awarded $5,000 each to help sustainably care for their school grounds. Also, check out TurfMutt’s new home at Scholastic with lesson plans for teachers, learning activities for families, interactive games, a new TurfMutt storybook and more!! 

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