President Obama to get Every Kid in a Park
Under the new initiative, fourth graders and their families will have opportunities to visit our National Parks and other public lands and waters. Every Kid in a Park will leverage private and public resources to help support transportation costs, one of the biggest barriers to participation on our public lands. In support of the initiative, OAK issued a press statement and sent a thank you letter to President Obama. Enjoy a few blogs about the initiative from OAK members Children & Nature Network, Girl Scouts of the USA, Izaak Walton League of America, National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club.
**Thank President Obama for launching this critical effort to get our children outdoors (Sierra Club Alert)**
OAK Supports the No Child Left Inside Act of 2015
Last month, Senators Mark Kirk (IL-R) and Jack Reed (RI-D) and Congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-R) and John Sarbanes (MD-R) introduced legislation aimed at improving environmental education in our nation’s public schools. The No Child Left Inside Act would provide grants to school districts, support teacher training and promote the integration of outdoor learning into the regular school curriculum. Read OAK's letter of support for this important legislation.
Update from the Partnership for a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
As part of The Corps Network 2015 National Conference, more than 300 people participated in the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps meeting last month. During the meeting, Keen and The Wilderness Society announced a new partnership, workshops were held on a variety of topics, and a number of awards were presented. High-profile speakers joined the Partnership Meeting and events throughout the conference, including National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Saint Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman, and representatives from the White House.
Member Spotlight: GirlTrek
OAK Member GirlTrek is challenging you to walk 54 miles in the month of March. Why 54 miles? It's a way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Selma! 54 miles is the distance civil rights leaders walked from Selma to Montgomery. Take the neighborhood walking challenge with GirlTrek, and get at least one mile in today! Post your progress and pictures on GirlTrek's Facebook page or by using #GirlTrek #Selma50.
More about GirlTrek: "We are rallying an army of beautiful and healthy black women to take to the streets and fight for our health. Today, over 20,000 women across the country walk and organize with GirlTrek. We walk to heal our bodies, inspire our girls and reclaim the streets of our communities. We trek to live."
Our OAK one-pager has been redesigned and updated! Members, please use this new handout to promote your participation in the Outdoors Alliance for Kids.