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Every Kid in a Park Year Two

National Hispanic Heritage Month

OAK Award Nominations

OAK Member Highlights & Resources

CALENDAR AND UPCOMING EVENTS
9/15 - 10/15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
10/5: International Walk to School Day
10/9: USFWS Fee-Free Day (First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week)
10/12: OAK National Policy Action Team Meeting (3pm ET)
10/22: National Make a Difference Day
11/9 - 11/11: AORE's 2016 Annual Conference
11/15 - 11/17: OAK Annual Member Meeting in DC - SAVE THE DATE
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Every Kid in a Park youth event in New York City
Photo credit: Chris Rief, National Park Trust

Every Kid in a Park Enters Year Two
OAK announced its Every Kid in a Park fall program line-up, as the initiative launches into its second year. Across the country, OAK members are connecting tens of thousands of fourth graders with the outdoors this fall.

This month, National Park Trust, The North Face, and OAK joined the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event for 90 fourth graders in New York City. This was the first of five kick-off events funded by The North Face Explore Fund.


Photo credit: National Park Trust
Additionally, several National Park Trust Buddy Bison students from Maryland and DC joined National Parks Conservation Association and OAK earlier this month to visit members of Congress to thank them for their support of Every Kid in a Park and share personal stories about their national park experiences.


Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. OAK Steering Committee member Latino Outdoors invites you to celebrate by joining one of their outdoor events! Latino Outdoors is a network of leaders committed to engaging Latinxs in the outdoors, connecting familias and youth with nature, and empowering our community of storytellers to explore and share their personal experiences. 


Last 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 today!


OAK Member Highlights and Resources
The Outdoor Foundation released the 2016 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report providing an overview of participation trends in outdoor recreation in the United States.






Photo credit: Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Appalachian Trail Conservancy's inaugural Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) is helping to prepare a group of young, driven individuals for future careers as environmental stewards.

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