Growing Stronger Together in 2022: Outdoors Alliance for Kids

by 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, I am filled with gratitude for my nearby parks and public lands, places I goContinue reading “Growing Stronger Together in 2022: Outdoors Alliance for Kids”

A Gala Sendoff, and an Important Reminder that Nature Heals

by 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 Out since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. The evening was a beautiful celebration of BlackContinue reading “A Gala Sendoff, and an Important Reminder that Nature Heals”

Our Kids Are Facing a Mental Health Crisis, Nature Can Help

by 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 may be unable to see friends and family, and the back-and-forth of virtual and in-person schoolingContinue reading “Our Kids Are Facing a Mental Health Crisis, Nature Can Help”

California Rep. Katie Porter Receives Outdoors Alliance for Kids Award

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 Contact:Natasha Blakely, natasha.blakely@sierraclub.org; Lindsay Reilly, lindsay.reilly@mail.house.gov IRVINE, CA – Yesterday, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) recognized Rep. Katie Porter of California’s 45th district for her leadership in connecting kids to the outdoors. OAK is a partnership of over a hundred organizations, including the Sierra Club and REI, with a goal ofContinue reading “California Rep. Katie Porter Receives Outdoors Alliance for Kids Award”

How a Young Generation of Outdoors Leaders Are Expanding Access to Nature

by Jackie Ostfeld, OAK Founder & Chair Sunshine and 80 degrees in Washington, DC – you couldn’t have asked for a better day to talk about the importance of nature. After a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids’ (OAK) annual OAK Week relaunched in person on Tuesday. Youth environmentalContinue reading “How a Young Generation of Outdoors Leaders Are Expanding Access to Nature”

My one wish is that every child has the RIGHT to outdoor access and public lands

by Tigran Nahabedian, OAK Advisor Time in nature teaches important lessons and skills, and is vital to our children’s development. But right now, access to parks and public lands is not equal across our communities, and climate change is increasingly affecting the green spaces we do have. One hundred million people in the US –Continue reading “My one wish is that every child has the RIGHT to outdoor access and public lands”

[RE-BLOG] The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is Pushing for National Change

This blog was written by and originally published by the National Recreation Foundation The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is a coalition of organizations from across the country that are united around the common cause of getting kids outside and more connected to nature. Committed to multi-sector collaboration, strategic partnerships, and justice, equity, and inclusion, OAK isContinue reading “[RE-BLOG] The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is Pushing for National Change”

RELEASE: After Pressure, Interior Extends Every Kid Outdoors Pass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Contact: Ian Brickey (314) 238-6766 or ian.brickey@sierraclub.org After Pressure, Interior Extends Every Kid Outdoors PassOutside Groups Had Asked for Extension Since August Expiration WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, October 28, the Department of the Interior announced plans to extend the 2019-2020 Every Kid Outdoors pass into 2021. The move comesContinue reading “RELEASE: After Pressure, Interior Extends Every Kid Outdoors Pass”

Helping More People Benefit from Positive Experiences Outdoors

This blog was originally published on the Rethink Outside website, and produced in partnership with the Rethink Outside campaign. Learn more. Recently appointed Vice President for Education and Chief Equity Officer for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Autumn Saxton-Ross, Ph.D., didn’t experience America’s national parks until she was an adult. She went toContinue reading “Helping More People Benefit from Positive Experiences Outdoors”