RSVP for OAK Week
OAK is excited to welcome our member organizations to Washington, DC for OAK Week, September 14 - 16, 2015. Our annual gathering will open with a welcome reception on the evening of September 14th, and will feature a youth outdoors event and OAK’s annual member meeting on Tuesday September 15th. On Wednesday the 16th, we will head to Capitol Hill for OAK Advocacy Day, which will include a morning lobby training and issue briefing session at Sierra Club.
OAK’s youth event, which will take place in DC’s Rock Creek Park on Tuesday, September 15th, will be a celebration of the outdoors and a special launch announcement for the Every Kid in a Park initiative. This event will connect local fourth fourth graders with the wonders that are found in our parks and will feature a hike with education and activity stations.
We hope you can join us for OAK Week 2015! We also encourage OAK members to invite other interested individuals or organizations! RSVP by August 21 to let us know you’ll be attending.
Sign Up for an Announcement Webinar: Every Kid in a Park
President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative was announced in early 2015 to provide all 4th grade students and their families with free admission to federal lands and waters for a year. Register for an upcoming webinar to learn more details about this exciting initiative, and ways to participate. The webinar will be held three times during the month of August. To register, click on a link below. For all three webinars, please use the following conference call line: 888-455-3079, Passcode: 8445870.
- Monday, August 10: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST)
- Wednesday, August 12: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST)
- Friday, August 14: 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EST)
Diversity and Inclusion in Our Wild Spaces
As America evolves into a more pluralistic society, so must our parks. Minorities - particularly young minorities - are not visiting National Parks in numbers that reflect their population make-up as a whole, and there are very real barriers that render these spaces unwelcoming or distant for many Americans. To address this issue, folks from land management bureaus, non-profit agencies, and many other groups including OAK member organizations took part in a "Diversity in the Outdoors" meeting in Yosemite National Park earlier this year. Watch this video to learn more!
Eli the Elk is Helping to Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Corps Network has launched a campaign with Eli the Elk, who is traveling the country this summer to build support for public lands funding and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Watch this video to find out how Eli the Elk is supporting #LWCF, and help spread the word about Eli on social media. Then take action through the Sierra Club to tell Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund!
KEEN Utility and the Wilderness Society Announce Project Build Partnership to Support 21CSC
Last year The Wilderness Society (TWS) committed to support the 21CSC through their Fifty for 50 Campaign to celebrate 50 years of American Wilderness. TWS has now teamed up with KEEN Utility (a branch of KEEN Footwear) on Project Build which supports the hard work of America’s conservation corps, and builds upon the legacy of dedication to protecting our treasured landscapes through citizen stewardship. Over the next two years Project Build will tell the stories of the thousands of young people working on public lands, creating and maintaining hundreds of miles of trails, ensuring access to hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands, creating safe places for communities to play and grow, and ensuring the next generation of public lands stewards.
OAK Member Highlights
Outdoor Afro on NPR: Outdoor Afro was featured in a great NPR story, Outdoor Afro: Busting Stereotypes that Black People Don't Hike or Camp. "I think in order for us to really see a more diverse and representative population of people in nature that looks like America, it's necessary to have leadership that looks like America", said Outdoor Afro’s Rue Mapp.
TYO: Transforming Youth Outdoors is a new venture to scale impact in outdoor youth development and transform the lives of youth by providing best practices, tools and support to individuals and organizations working with youth in the outdoors. The primary delivery mechanism is a technology platform that enables those in the field of outdoor youth programming to share, network and build upon successes. To see how the platform works watch this short introductory video, and find out more at mytyo.org.