President Obama Celebrates Park Service Centennial, Gets 4th Graders Outdoors
The First Family just wrapped up a trip to Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite National Parks to celebrate the park service's big birthday. During the trip, the President and First Lady surprised a group of lucky NatureBridge fourth graders, giving them each their very own Every Kid in a Park pass!
Photo credit: Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press
In other big NatureBridge news...
Warm welcome to Autumn Saxton-Ross, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of NatureBridge. Autumn joins OAK's leadership as the newest member of our Steering Committee.
National Park Trust and OAK Receive The North Face Explore Fund Grants
We are excited to announce that the Outdoors Alliance for Kids in partnership with the National Park Trust have received a 2016 Explore Fund grant from The North Face to help kick off the second year of President Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative. Through the partnership, OAK and National Park Trust will be organizing marquee events in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston to provide opportunities for Title 1 school 4th graders to connect with the outdoors.
Forest Service Makes it Easier for Kids and Families to Get Outdoors
The U.S. Forest Service announced new permit guidelines that will streamline the process for issuing permits to program leaders that take people outdoors. These improvements will reduce barriers and facilitate access to federal lands and waters for a wide range of users, including programs that provide outdoor experiences to underserved youth.
OAK Honors U.S. Senator Patty Murray with an OAK Tree Award
Senator Patty Murray (WA) received the OAK Tree Award in recognition of her support for environmental education and getting kids outdoors. The Award was presented by IslandWood, the Seattle Every Kid in a Park Collaborative, and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids during an Every Kid in a Park event at REI's flagship store in Seattle.
Programs to get Youth Outdoors
The US Department of Agriculture and partners just announced over $11 Million in the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) to connect over 1,500 youth and veterans with jobs that protect our natural and cultural heritage. The Environmental Protection Agency just awarded $3.3 million in Environmental Education grants. And in Washington State, the No Child Left Inside grants program announced it will award nearly $1 million to support programs across the state to help connect kids with the outdoors.
Every Kid in a Park in Detroit
OAK members across the country are continuing to help connect fourth graders with our parks and public lands through the Every Kid in a Park initiative. In Detroit, Sierra Club ICO joined partners to engage 2,000 fourth graders at Historic Fort Wayne for a fun outdoor experience! The Every Kid in a Park program is now even more accessible with a Spanish-language website.
Let's Move! Outside in New Mexico
photo credit: YMCA of Central New Mexico
The Let's Move! Outside initiative is bringing together OAK members and other groups through a 50 Cities initiative to connect partners in outdoor service across the country. In New Mexico, partners are focusing on connecting Pueblo youth to public lands, and recently brought 150 students to Tent Rocks National Monument.
Oceans Live Podcast: Engaging Youth in the Outdoors
How do we get kids hooked on the outdoors? OAK's Chair Jackie Ostfeld joined the Oceans Live podcast for a discussion on youth engagement in the outdoors.
OAK Member Resources
The Trust for Public Land has just released its 2016 ParkScore Index, rating park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities. See how your city ranks.