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#OptOutside this Friday

Outdoor School for All in Oregon

Giving Tuesday
Get Connected at the City Level

11/25: #OptOutside
11/29: Giving Tuesday
12/7: OAK Steering Committee Monthly Call
12/14: OAK Policy Action Team Call
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OAK Members Connect in the Capital
Last week, dozens of OAK members came to Washington, DC for our annual membership gathering. Following a contentious election season, the annual OAK Week allowed our members a chance to get together to share ideas for how we move forward together with a new administration and congress. 

[Left]: Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director of White House Council on Environmental Quality, with fifth grader Cheyenne Roundtree and her brother Trevor Roundtree. Christy and Cheyenne gave opening remarks at the White House convening.
[Right]: Katheryne Lewis, Montana Conservation Corps Member and 2016 Corpsmember of the Year shared remarks at the White House convening.
The highlight of the week was a White House convening on Opportunities for Youth to Experience the Outdoors, co-hosted by OAK and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The convening brought together nearly 100 leaders across the NGO, business and government sectors to celebrate our collective success to get kids outdoors during the last several years, and to discuss plans for moving forward in the next administration.
OAK members, White House officials and agency partners shared insights on the past and future opportunities to get kids outdoors.
OAK Awards Ceremony: We welcomed OAK members to Washington, DC, with a reception and an inaugural OAK Awards ceremony. OAK's first ever Leaf Awards went to REI, The North Face, National Park Trust, Children & Nature Network, and National League of Cities for their collaborative approach to getting kids outdoors! 
OAK Leaf Award recipients from The North Face, Children & Nature Network, National League of Cities, National Park Trust and REI with OAK's Chair and Vice Chair.
Photo Credit: National Park Trust
Advocacy Day: OAK members took to Capitol Hill to meet with elected officials to discuss funding for several important programs that support opportunities for children and youth to connect with the outdoors. OAK's policy platform included the Every Student Succeeds Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Prevention and Public Health Fund, 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act and the Every Kid in a Park program.

One of several OAK Advocacy Teams on Capitol Hill with members from The Wilderness Society, National Interscholastic Cycling Association, Student Conservation Association and Islandwood.
Every Kid in a Park Event in Anacostia Park
Photo Credit: National Park Trust

Every Kid in a Park event: OAK members joined National Park Trust, 40 fourth graders from Wheatley Education Campus DC Public School, and partners at National Park Service, District Department of Energy & Environment, and Anacostia Watershed Society for a fun educational outing at Anacostia Park in support of President Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative.

For more, check out this great storify piece and Twitter.

#OptOutside this Friday
OAK Steering Committee member REI has launched #OptOutside again this year to reclaim the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day to be outside with family and friends! OAK is proud to partner on this important campaign, and we encourage our members to get involved. See REI's #OptOutside toolkit with creative assets and social media guidance, and find ways to get outside near you!

Outdoor School for All Oregon Kids
Looking for a ray of hope? On Election Day, Oregon voters passed Measure 99, Save Outdoor School for All, which ensures that every Oregon middle school student (in 5th or 6th grade) will be able to attend a full week of hands-on, science-based outdoor education.

Giving Tuesday - A Day of Giving Back
November 29th is #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving to kick off the charitable season. Help support OAK next Tuesday (and every Tuesday) by spreading the word with your networks! Sample Tweet: This #GivingTuesday, support our partners at OAK (@OAK_Updates) to continue advocating to get kids outdoors

Get Connected at the City Level
The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) project of the Children & Nature Network, National League of Cities, Wilderness Inquiry and OAK is working with city leaders and partners in seven cities to ensure all children have the opportunity to connect to the outdoors. OAK members - complete a quick survey to let us know if you have a presence in these cities so we can get you connected on the ground!

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