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Celebrating the Centennial

OAK Awards

Every Kid in a Park

Fresh Tracks

Let's Move! Outside: Play, Learn, Serve, Work

21st Century Conservation Service Corps

PLUM LANDING Rx explores National Parks
A Heavy Heart in the Grand Canyon

CALENDAR AND UPCOMING EVENTS
8/25 - 8/28/16: National Park Service Birthday Weekend (Fee-Free Days)
8/30/16: OAK Membership Call (4pm EDT)
9/14/16: OAK Policy Action Team Meeting (3pm EDT)
9/15/16: OAK Steering Committee Meeting
9/24/16: National Public Lands Day (Fee-Free Day)
9/24/16: A.T. Family Hiking Day
10/5/16: International Walk to School Day
10/9/16: USFWS Fee-Free Day (First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week)
10/12/16: OAK National Policy Action Team Meeting (3pm EDT)
10/22/16: National Make a Difference Day
11/9 - 11/11/16: AORE's 2016 Annual Conference
11/15 - 11/17/16: OAK Annual Member Meeting in DC - SAVE THE DATE
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Weekly Address: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
President Obama commemorates the National Park Service centennial. #FindYourPark #NPS100

Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and OAK members across the country are celebrating with outings, events, and more to connect youth with the great outdoors. We encourage everyone to go Find Your Park, and help amplify this important milestone in conservation history.  Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!


Call for Nominations: OAK Awards
The Outdoors Alliance for Kids has created OAK Awards to honor exemplary service in connecting kids to the outdoors. Award recipients will be announced during our annual meeting. OAK invites our members to submit nominations. Deadline: September 16th.


Every Kid in a Park: OAK Member Survey
OAK is continuing to track and capture the breadth and depth of what our members are doing to support the Every Kid in a Park initiative. Complete this survey by August 31st and help OAK celebrate the second year of this initiative starting in September!

Save the date for an OAK Every Kid in a Park twitter party on September 12th at 1:00pm EDT! Join us for an online event to share ideas for getting our kids outdoors. Follow along at @OAK_Updates #OAKParty #EveryKidinaPark and stay tuned for more details. 


 

Fresh Tracks participants at Kenneth Hahn Park, Los Angeles photo credit: Thatcher Heldring, IslandWood

Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions
Two groups of young adults from the Los Angeles area and Alaska came together in Seattle to begin Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions, a shared two-week experience that took them from southern California to the Arctic Circle. Fresh Tracks is a partnership between several OAK members: IslandWood, Sierra Club, Children & Nature Network's Natural Leaders and REI, as well as the Campion Foundation, action sports retailer Zumiez, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in support of the My Brother's Keeper initiative. Fresh Tracks combines outdoor exploration, cultural sharing, service learning, and workforce education. 



Let's Move! Outside: Play, Learn, Serve, Work
The Let's Move! Outside initiative continues to bring together new partners in 51 cities across the country to provide opportunities to inspire lifelong stewardship of public lands. OAK members are strongly encouraged to get involved locally: RSVP here for more information and to get involved in a participating Y near you!


21st Century Conservation Service Corps
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) is a national initiative committed to increasing the number of youth and veterans engaged in protecting, restoring and enhancing America's great outdoors through civilian national service. Organizations are encouraged to sign this letter to support the passage of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act.


Plum goes to National Parks

PLUM LANDING, WGBH launched Rx to Explore to work with outdoor prescription programs across the country to inspire families to engage in active, outdoor science exploration. OAK member Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education joined PLUM LANDING for a successful pilot in Philadelphia, while the AMC Outdoors Rx program partnered for an exciting launch in Boston.


A Heavy Heart in the Grand Canyon

Don't miss OAK's Chair Jackie Ostfeld's new blog in the Huffington Post! Jackie connects the National Park Service Centennial and her own family story during a recent and bittersweet trip to the Grand Canyon.

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