OAK: Outdoors Alliance for Kids
expanding equitable access to nature for children, youth and families since 2010
OAK is a national strategic partnership of more than 100 businesses and nonprofit organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors.
Our members are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors.
Although families have the leading role in connecting children with the outdoors, there is also a need for decision-makers to ensure that children, youth and families have the access, opportunities, skills and encouragement to connect with the great outdoors.
Recent Stories from OAK
- Growing Stronger Together in 2022: Outdoors Alliance for Kidsby Jackie Ostfeld, OAK co-founder and chair As we head into winter, I am welcoming the short days and long nights as an invitation to slow down, rest, and reflect. Walking through my neighborhood park on a crisp cool day,Continue reading “Growing Stronger Together in 2022: Outdoors Alliance for Kids”
- A Gala Sendoff, and an Important Reminder that Nature Healsby Ayodele Abdul-Hadi, OAK Advisor Right on the waterfront, with a serene view of the sunset and San Francisco city skyline, I was part of a group of about 200 people attending the first in-person Outdoor Afro annual Glamp OutContinue reading “A Gala Sendoff, and an Important Reminder that Nature Heals”
- Our Kids Are Facing a Mental Health Crisis, Nature Can Helpby Jackie Ostfeld and Monica Lopez Magee As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, children and youth continue to face upheavals in their family, social, and educational lives. Their daily routines are disrupted by exposure alerts and quarantines, they mayContinue reading “Our Kids Are Facing a Mental Health Crisis, Nature Can Help”