Remembering Doug Walker
Doug Walker, a great friend and leader in the outdoor community, died in a hiking accident in December. An entrepreneur, philanthropist, avid climber and conservationist, Doug was committed to advancing charitable causes and was a true champion in the movement for connecting all children and youth with the outdoors. His passing is a tremendous loss for our community and the world.
Celebrating the Centennial
To kick-off the Centennial celebration, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis joined Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, Outdoor Afro Founder and CEO Rue Mapp, Latino Outdoors Founder Jose Gonzalez, and Sierra Club Board Director Allison Chin for a on-the-air Google Hangout. In case you missed it, watch the recorded discussion here.
ECHO Across Albuquerque
Every Child Healthy Outdoors (ECHO) Across America is a tool developed by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to encourage collaboration on the ground to advance strategic plans to get kids outdoors. Supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, we were able to bring on AmeriCorps VISTA fellow Larisa Crippen-Chavez in Albuquerque to pilot the project. In collaboration with the Middle Rio Grande: Education, Environment and Employment Alliance (MRGE3), Larisa is working to empower Youth Ambassadors who will travel to their state legislature in early February to support the passage of a memorial in support of New Mexico's environmental literacy plan.
The Corps Network 2016 National Conference
The Corps Network's National Conference will take place February 7 - 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. The conference is an annual gathering of leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. Learn more and register today.
Children & Nature Network 2016 Conference
Registration is open for the Children & Nature Network's 2016 International Conference and Cities & Nature Summit, which will be held May 24th - 27th, 2016, in Saint Paul, MN. The conference is a unique opportunity to join leaders from around the world to learn, connect and build the future of the children and nature movement.
OAK Member Highlights
SOS Outreach is expanding their intensive leadership and character development curriculum in Utah and have teamed up with Olympian and World Cup Gold Medalist Steven Nyman to provide opportunities for underserved youth across the nation to engage in adventure sports.
Sierra Club announced more than $100,000 in grants to fund nine trail projects in seven locations across the United States as part of year-long celebrations of the National Park Service Centennial. The trail projects focus on connecting people with nature, particularly in urban areas.
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