MEDIA ALERT: INTERIOR SECRETARY SALLY JEWELL JOINS OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS AT KIDS, YOUTH AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS FESTIVAL AND PRESS CONFERENCE

MEDIA ALERT

INTERIOR SECRETARY SALLY JEWELL JOINS OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS AT KIDS, YOUTH AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS FESTIVAL AND PRESS CONFERENCE

**Attention Photo/TV Desks – Great Visuals**
Monday, June 24, 2013
Contact:
Rebecca Silver, Sierra Club, Rebecca.Silver@SierraClub.org
Jessica Kershaw, Department of Interior, 202-208-6416

 

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join White House Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, The Wilderness Society President Jaime Williams, members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and 100 local youth at the “Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival” for a fun-filled afternoon of nature-based recreation and learning opportunities. Activity stations include mountain bikes, kayaks, camping 101 and live birds of prey.

Following the press conference, there will be an urban walk from the national Mall to Capitol Hill.

What:     Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival, Press Conference and Urban Walk on the National Mall

When:    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
1:00–2:30 PM, Outdoors Festival
2:30–3:00 PM, Press Conference
3:00–4:00 PM, Walk to the National Mall

Where:   NE Quadrant of the National Mall, near the Washington Monument
15th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Who:       Secretary Sally Jewell, US Department of the Interior
Chair Nancy Sutley, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
Jackie Ostfeld, Chair, Outdoors Alliance for Kids
Arturo Cervantes, Outdoor Nation Youth Ambassador
Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Members and friends of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

Why:      It’s Great Outdoors America Week! The Outdoors Alliance for Kids and our partners are coming together to ensure kids, youth and families across the nation have opportunities to get outdoors. The “Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival” will engage local youth in a variety of nature-based recreation and learning opportunities.

Hosted by: The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in expanding opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the well-being 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. OAK brings together more than fifty national organizations including the American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, Izaak Walton League of America, National Association of State Park Directors, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wildlife Federation, The North Face, the Outdoor Foundation, REI, Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society and the YMCA of the USA to address the growing divide between children and the natural world. Find out more on our website: www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org.

For more information, visit www.goamericaweek.org.

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