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Meet OAK's Program Manager
OAK Supports the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act
Public Lands Service Corps Act Introduced

2015 Federal Transportation Policy

Recent Letters from OAK
Kids to Parks Day is Around the Corner
TO THE OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS
CALENDAR
May 13: OAK Policy Action Team Meeting
May 14: OAK Communications Committee Meeting
May 16: National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day
May 26: OAK Steering Committee Call
May 26: OAK Q2 Membership Call
June 6: National Trails Day
September 14-16: OAK Week in Washington, DC
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Meet OAK's Program Manager
Brenna Muller recently joined the team as Sierra Club's new Trails and OAK Program Manager. In her role, Brenna will spend 50% of her time supporting OAK's committees, teams, members, projects and communications. 
Brenna has worked with the Sierra Club for the past three years as the Outreach Coordinator for the DC Chapter, and has previously focused on grassroots organizing and environmental education. She's passionate about connecting people with the outdoors. Contact: brenna.muller@sierraclub.org.

OAK Supports the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act
Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) and Congressman Ron Kind (WI) introduced legislation aimed at connecting youth and families with the outdoors. Supported by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act would support state, local and federal strategies to reconnect kids and families with nature.
Public Lands Service Corps Act Introduced
Senator Tom Udall (NM) and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ) just introduced the Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2015Supported by OAK, the legislation would allow our public land and water management agencies to engage youth and young adults to meet our nation’s backlogged maintenance needs, address record youth unemployment, and prepare a diverse group of youth to be the next generation of natural resource employees.  
2015 Federal Transportation Policy
Active transportation options, such as walking, biking and trails, provide children, youth and families access to safe connections to the outdoors. Review OAK's recently adopted 2015 position on federal transportation policy.
Recent Letters from OAK
OAK recently sent a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee expressing our support for the permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF provides critical funding for federal land acquisition and the state and local assistance programs, providing important resources to ensure children, youth and families are able to spend time outdoors.

Last month, OAK also submitted written testimony on FY16 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and US Forest Service. These land management agencies administer important programs that help connect kids with the natural world.


Kids to Parks Day is Around the Corner
OAK is a proud supporter of the annual Kids to Parks Day! Children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks are gearing up for this year’s Kids to Parks Day (KTP), a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by OAK member, National Park Trust, in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators. This year’s KTP Day will be held on Saturday May 16, 2015, the week before the official start of summer. Learn more at www.kidstoparks.org

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