Initiatives

Every Child Health Outdoors (ECHO) Across America Toolkit: State and Community Action Resources
OAK’s ECHO Across America Toolkit contains the tools you need to organize a meeting of leaders of organizations in your state or city, conduct an assessment of your state or city’s existing children, youth and families and the outdoors policies and initiatives, set goals for policies and initiatives that your governor or mayor can adopt, and launch a campaign to get your governor or mayor working on an ECHO agenda. Additional ECHO Resources support community leaders in moving forward their action plans.

Every Kid in a Park
The Obama administration launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative to inspire a new generation to get outside and to become stewards of our nation’s cultural and natural heritage. Through this new initiative, every fourth grader in America can obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families into more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year, starting September 1, 2015.

Let’s Move! Outside – 50 cities
To help advance First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative, YMCAs are joining with community partners in 50 city-wide summits to facilitate engagement with public land management agencies and other community organizations. The summits aim to increase coordination, collaboration and communication among service providers, and develop strategies to increase awareness of and participation in outdoor programs for youth. OAK is supporting these events by engaging members and partners in each city to get involved. Contact a participating Y to connect with the initiative in your city.

Cities Connecting Children to Nature
The Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative (CCCN) helps city leaders and their partners develop and expand strategies to provide abundant and equitable access to nature. The three year initiative is managed by the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families and the Children and Nature Network, in partnership with OAK and Wilderness Inquiry.

connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors