RELEASE: AUTUMN SAXTON-ROSS, PhD JOINS LEADERSHIP OF THE OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS

RELEASE: Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD joins leadership of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

Washington, DC– The Outdoors Alliance for Kids today announced the addition of Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD to its steering committee. Autumn is NatureBridge’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and brings a wealth of experience in parks, health and equity into the growing alliance.

“I have been watching the great work of OAK from the sidelines for the past few years, and am really excited to now be a part of such a needed alliance,” said Autumn Saxton-Ross of NatureBridge. “All the issues that OAK supports- environmental stewardship, education and community health and wellness- as well as access, equity and inclusion, are crucial issues to incorporate as we issue in the next century of our public lands.”

NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Their inclusive, multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest.

In her volunteer time, Autumn also advances policy solutions for Outdoor Afro, the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature.

“OAK is honored to welcome Autumn onto the steering committee. Ensuring equitable access to outdoor opportunities is critical to our mission and we are glad to have Autumn’s expertise and perspective on our leadership team” said Jackie Ostfeld, Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature Director and co-founder and chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids.

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President Obama surprises NatureBridge kids during historic Yosemite visit (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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About the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK): OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK 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. OAK brings together more than eighty businesses and organizations, led by a steering committee which includes representatives from the Alliance for Childhood, American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, Latino Outdoors, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wildlife Federation, NatureBridge, The North Face, Public Lands Service Coalition (a program of The Corps Network), REI, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society and the YMCA of the USA to address the growing divide between children, youth and the natural world. For more information: www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org