OAK Celebrates Passage of House Outdoor Recreation Package

Contact: Natasha Blakely, natasha.blakely@sierraclub.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress today passed the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act, the bipartisan House outdoor recreation package. The legislation, co-sponsored by Reps. Bruce Westerman and Raúl Grijalva, would improve accessibility options outdoors, improve or create new outdoor recreation facilities, and introduce more generations of children to the…

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Outdoors Alliance for Kids Welcomes New Steering Committee Members

Contact: Natasha Blakely, natasha.blakely@sierraclub.org The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), a national strategic partnership of more than 120 organizations, announced new additions to its steering committee. The new committee launches alongside a new website as OAK reaffirms its commitment to connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors, ensuring millions of kids can improve their…

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OAK Celebrates Creation of American Climate Corps

Contact: Natasha Blakely, natasha.blakely@sierraclub.org WASHINGTON, DC – The White House announced today the creation of the American Climate Corps, a new program offering young people the workforce training and services needed for careers in the clean energy and climate resilience fields.  This new Corps will: In response, OAK members released the following statements:  “The establishment…

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OAK Week 2023: A Look At the Ways We’ve Grown

By Jackie Ostfeld, OAK co-founder and chair Every year, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) hosts a week of advocacy events in D.C. to push for more equitable access to the outdoors for children and families across the country. As our membership and participation increases, it is heartening to see the event grow each year, with…

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Outdoors Alliance for Kids Celebrates Leadership with 2023 Annual Awards

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) annual awards were delivered last week during OAK’s annual advocacy week in D.C. Established in 2016, they are bestowed yearly on OAK members and decision-makers for significant contributions toward advancing opportunities for children, youth, and families to connect with nature.  This year, 12 people were celebrated for their leadership…

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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 of…

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[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 is…

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RELEASE: Omnibus Spending Package is a Victory for Outdoor Equity for Youth

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Contact: Ian Brickey: (202) 675-6270, ian.brickey@sierraclub.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden signed the FY2022 omnibus spending package into law. The bill provides much-needed funding increases for vital government agencies and essential services, reversing years of cuts under the previous administration. The package also features important funding for the outdoors and nature…

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Senate Hearing Demonstrates Continued Bipartisan Support for Policy that Connects Children, Youth and Families with the Outdoors

December 8, 2021 By Jayni Rasmussen, Senior Campaign Representative, OAK As the Build Back Better Act moves through Congress, carrying with it billions in potential funding for outdoor access, the Senate is now considering an historic slate of bills that could transform who has access to public lands and waters.  Last week, the Senate Energy and…

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RELEASE: Build Back Better is a Game-Changer for Outdoor Equity

Biden’s Plan Includes Transformational Investments in Urban Parks, Community Green Space FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 1, 2021 Contact: Ian Brickey (202) 675-6270 or ian.brickey@sierraclub.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Biden has unveiled the framework for the Build Back Better Act, including major investments in urban and community parks and green spaces. The package includes $100…

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RELEASE: Senators Must Maintain Bold Investments in CCC, Urban Green Space Programs

Alliance of more than 100 Organizations Urges Congress to Keep Outdoors Programs in BBB Act Friday, October 22, 2021 Contact: Ian Brickey: (202) 675-6270, ian.brickey@sierraclub.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids called on Congress to maintain full funding for critical outdoors programs in the final version of the federal reconciliation bill. The package drafted…

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[RE-BLOG]: Congresswoman Nanette Barragán: “Build Back Better Must Include Our Parks”

September 1, 2021 By Congresswoman Nanette Barragán and Jackie Ostfeld This blog was originally posted on SierraClub.org. Featured photo courtesy of the National Park Service. Summer and the outdoors go hand-in-hand, and nowhere is that felt more than in our parks. From hikes through ancient forests to weekend cookouts with friends to soccer or Little League games, our parks are…

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[Re-Blog] Congresswoman Katie Porter: “After a Year Indoors, We Must Support Every Kid Outdoors”

August 25, 2021 By Congresswoman Katie Porter and Jayni Rasmussen  This blog was originally posted on SierraClub.org. Featured photo: Big Bend at Zion National Park, courtesy Cadence C. Cook, National Park Service. Representative Katie Porter, one of the authors of this blog, knows firsthand the joy of the outdoors. Growing up, her family took vacations at national parks…

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Watch Now: OAK’s Youth Advocates on REI’s Instagram Stories!

This afternoon, OAK Steering Committee member REI Co-op posted on their Instagram account our collaborative story series featuring a Q&A with two of OAK’s amazing youth advocates, Robbie Bond of Kids Speak for Parks and Junior Ranger Tigran Nahabedian! In the stories, Robbie and Tigran both make an incredible case for full funding for the Every Kid Outdoors…

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RELEASE: Park and Conservation Organizations Applaud DOI’s $16 Million in Funding for Local Parks and Recreation in Disadvantaged Urban Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Tuesday, August 10, 2021Contact: Ian Brickey (202) 675-6270 or ian.brickey@sierraclub.org Today, the National Park Service announced its fourth round of Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP) awardees which will distribute $16 million in funding for parks projects across 19 communities throughout the country. The ORLP, funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, was…

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Why We Need Public Transit to Public Lands

guest blog by Katherine Garcia and Jackie Ostfeld, originally posted on the Sierra Club blog If you look for directions from Washington, D.C. to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park on Google Maps, it will chart a route for your car down to the minute. If you try to find that same route via public transit, you…

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Interior Announces $150 Million for Increasing Park Access in Urban Areas – So What Does That Mean for Youth and Families?

Today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced $150 million in funding for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) program, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s newly-released America the Beautiful initiative. Since 2014, ORLP (a program of the Land and Water Conservation Fund) funding has enabled urban communities to create new outdoor recreation spaces, reinvigorate existing parks,…

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Fatima’s Great Outdoors

In Case You Missed It: Watch the Recording of Fatima’s Great Outdoors Storytime Live Event  By: Jackie Ostfeld, OAK Co-Chair and Founder and Jayni Rasmussen, OAK Senior Campaign Representative Note: Book cover courtesy of Penguin Kids and screenshot from livestream with author Ambreen Tariq. Photo originally posted on Sierra Magazine‘s blog on 4/8/21. Last week, Penguin…

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It’s Great to Be a 4th Grader

A perspective on exploring national parks with the Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) pass as a military family. By Andrew and Hannah Pike As long-time Northern Virginia (NoVA) residents, our family is fortunate to be located near a myriad of landmarks and sources of natural beauty.  A 30-minute weekend drive gets us to the National Mall…

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RELEASE: OAK Statement on House Passage of Outdoors for All Act in Public Lands Package

“PAW+” Act Protects Public Lands, Promotes Outdoors Equity FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Friday, February 26, 2021Contact: Ian Brickey (202) 675-6270 or ian.brickey@sierraclub.org OAK Statement on Passage of Outdoors for All Act in Public Lands Package “PAW+” Act Protects Public Lands, Promotes Outdoors Equity WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, the United States House of Representatives passed the Outdoors for All…

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Join us for OAK Week 2021!

OAK Week 2021 is February 16 – 18! Although we can’t be together in DC this year, we’re looking forward to connecting with OAK members, prospective members and partners over an exciting week of virtual sessions, workshops and networking events.  About OAK Week OAK Week, which includes OAK’s Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, serves as…

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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 comes…

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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 to…

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Every Kid Outdoors: Lily’s Story

by Jayni Rasmussen, Senior Campaign Representative for the Outdoors Alliance for Kids & Youth at Sierra Club. (Originally published on the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good Blog; cross-posted with permission) With the coronavirus disrupting daily life and increasing isolation, many people are turning to the outdoors for recreation. The increased interest in outdoor recreation…

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Making Sure Every Child Receives the Benefits of Time Outdoors

This blog was produced in partnership with the Rethink Outside campaign. Learn more. Ten years before the COVID-19 crisis and the nationwide uprisings for racial justice, Sierra Club, YMCA of the USA, Children & Nature Network, REI and others set out to form a coalition and address an urgent crisis among America’s children and youth: social disconnection and an obesity epidemic caused by far too…

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A Trailblazer

Working for Latino Outdoors, Ruby Rodriguez wants to ensure that others can more easily follow in her footsteps “Today, I’m the person I knew I could be—if given the opportunity,” says Ruby Rodriguez. That includes connecting her community in Fresno, California, to Yosemite National Park. The project is funded by the National Park Trust, and…

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RELEASE: OAK Statement on Racism in the Outdoors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 28, 2020 ContactIan Brickey, ian.brickey@sierraclub.org Washington, DC — The Outdoors Alliance for Kids’ Chair & Vice Chair Jackie Ostfeld and Paul Sanford released the following statement on racism in the outdoors following the incident in Central Park’s Ramble. “No one should fear for their lives when stepping outside. Yet, far…

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Advocating in Challenging Times

This article first appeared in the May edition of Parks & Recreation Magazine We are living in strange and difficult times. At the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), we know this international pandemic is challenging for everyone. Physical distancing and sheltering in place are particularly difficult for people who know the value of spending time…

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RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids 2019 Award Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2019 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids 2019 Award Winners Announced Washington, D.C. — Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced the recipients of the 2019 “OAK Awards.” Awards were given to a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers including Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ron…

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RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids and Scholastic Announce All Kids Outdoors Essay Contest Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:April Thomas206.321.3850, april.thomas@sierraclub.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids and Scholastic Announce All Kids Outdoors Essay Contest WinnersNearly 2,000 Kids Nationwide Submitted Entries Washington, D.C., (May 23, 2019) — The Outdoors Alliance for Kids and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, are proud to announce the winners of the All Kids…

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Youth Voices: The Outdoors And People

Sweepstakes WinnerEmmanuel O., 5th Grade, Falls Church, VA All Kids Outdoors Scholastic-OAK Youth Essay ContestYouth Voices Blog Series The Outdoors And People The great outdoor spaces, aren’t they beautiful? An outdoor space is any place outside a living space where people can interact, play, and relax. This includes the backyards of homes, playgrounds for kids, sidewalks,…

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Youth Voices: The Importance of Outdoors

Honorable Mention by  Indi M., 5th Grade, McLean, VA All Kids Outdoors Scholastic-OAK Youth Essay ContestYouth Voices Blog Series The Importance of Outdoors Children’s outdoor play is rapidly diminishing, we are focusing more on sedentary lifestyles. No one can deny our simple interest with electronics now in the modern era. The outdoors are the original foundation…

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Youth Voices: The Great Outdoors

Honorable MentionKatie B., 6th Grade, Ellisville, MO All Kids Outdoors Scholastic-OAK Youth Essay ContestYouth Voices Blog Series The Great Outdoors Swinging, sliding, and climbing at parks are only for fun, right? Not true! Parks and outdoor spaces are not only for fun, but are actually necessary for the world. Parks and outdoor spaces improve our health,…

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Youth Voices: How Nature Improves the Brain

Grand Prize Winning Essayby Violet M., 4th Grade, Kalispell, MTAll Kids Outdoors Scholastic-OAK Youth Essay ContestYouth Voices Blog Series How Nature Improves the Brain American marine biologist Rachel Carson remarked in Silent Spring, “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after…

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When the Kids Speak Up

by Jackie Ostfeld, OAK Founder & Chair, Director of Sierra Club’s Outdoors for All campaign The Every Kid Outdoors Act is now the law of the land – no pun intended. An historic public lands package has swept through both chambers of Congress in atypical bipartisan fashion and landed on the president’s desk. The conservation…

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RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids Calls for End to Shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9th, 2019 Contact:  April Thomas, 206.321.3850, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids Calls for End to Shutdown Youth Advocacy Groups Highlight Impacts of Parks Closures Washington, D.C.– Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), a non-partisan alliance of more than 100 groups, called for the government shutdown to end. Member groups of OAK…

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RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids 2018 Award Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2018 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850,  contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids 2018 Award Winners Announced Washington, D.C. — Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced the recipients of the 2018 “OAK Awards.” Awards were offered to a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers including Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Mazie…

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RELEASE: Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Get Children Outdoors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, april.thomas@sierraclub.org Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Get Children Outdoors Washington, DC — Today, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle came together to pass the Every Kid Outdoors Act, to help get our kids outdoors. The bill, introduced by Senators Martin…

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Release: House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Get Children Outdoors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, april.thomas@sierraclub.org House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Get Children Outdoors Washington, DC — Today, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle came together to pass the Every Kid Outdoors Act, to help get our kids outdoors. The bill, introduced by Representatives Niki Tsongas (D-MA-03),…

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OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS LAUNCHES AFFILIATE PARTNERSHIP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2018 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org Washington, D.C., — The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced today that it will be launching an affiliate partnership with OAK members California Outdoor Engagement Coalition and the Seattle Every Kid in a Park Collaborative. The OAK affiliate partnership will help to connect state…

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DETROIT KIDS NEED THE OUTDOORS

guest post by Mark Naida – originally appeared in The Detroit News. This story features Detroit Outdoors, a collaborative effort supported by Detroit Parks and Rec, The Kresge Foundation, and OAK members Sierra Club, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, and REI. Living in an urban environment, Detroiters often don’t get the same opportunities to enjoy the outdoors…

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Outdoors Alliance for Kids Welcomes 100th Member Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2018 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, april.thomas@sierraclub.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids Welcomes 100th Member Organization Washington, D.C., — The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) reached its 100-member milestone with the addition of GreenLatinos, a national coalition of Latino Environmental & Conservation Leaders, who joined the alliance in August, 2018. OAK is…

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It’s Fresh Air Fitness Month!

Guest blog post by Marla Hollander, American Heart Association What could be better than taking a Walk in Nature with your kids? Thinking back on my childhood, my experience with nature as a kid was confined to the suburban neighborhood I grew up in including the neighborhood park, Grover’s Mill pond (yes, the infamous “War…

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RELEASE: After Public Outcry, Department of the Interior Expected to Continue Program for Kids in National Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2018 Contact:  Ginny Cramer, 804-519-8449, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org After Public Outcry, Department of the Interior Expected to Continue Program for Kids in National Parks Washington, D.C.– Today, the Department of the Interior is expected to announce that despite news reports that the program was in danger of being cancelled, it will continue…

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Release: Congress Acts to Protect Access to Parks for Kids and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Contact:   April Thomas, 206.321.3850, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org Congress Acts to Protect Access to Parks for Kids and Families Legislation encourages fourth graders to visit national parks and public lands Washington, D.C.– Today, the Every Kid Outdoors Act passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee with unanimous, bipartisan approval.…

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RELEASE: MILITARY KIDS DELIVER POSTCARDS FROM 4th GRADERS TO SECRETARY ZINKE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2018 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org Military Kids Deliver Postcards from 4th Graders to Secretary Ryan Zinke Washington, DC — Today, 8 military kids and their families delivered postcards from over 1,000 fourth-graders across the nation to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Many of the postcards were hand-signed by…

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A TIME TO UNPLUG: Get Ready for Screen-Free Week!

Guest blog by Rinny Yourman, JD – originally appeared on childrenandnaturenetwork.org.  OAK is a proud endorser of Screen-Free Week. About the Author: Rinny Yourman, JD, is a Screen Time Program Assistant at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which hosts Screen-Free Week. Imagine a week when children give their undivided attention to the natural world around…

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RELEASE: National Park Trust, Wilderness Inquiry join leadership of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 26, 2018 Contact: Brenna Muller, 202-548-4581, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org National Park Trust, Wilderness Inquiry join leadership of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids Washington, DC– The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced the addition of Grace Lee of National Park Trust and Meg Krueger of Wilderness Inquiry to OAK’s steering committee. The addition…

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RELEASE: CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT ACCESS TO PARKS AND EXPAND CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS FOR KIDS AND YOUTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, april.thomas@sierraclub.org Congress Acts to Protect Access to Parks and Expand Career Pathway Programs for Kids and Youth Legislation encourages fourth graders to visit national parks and public lands; older youth and veterans to find employment opportunities in conservation Washington, D.C.– Today, the Every Kid Outdoors…

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RELEASE: After Public Response Interior Department Reverses Course on National Parks Entrance Fee Increases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2018 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, 202-548-6584; contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org After Public Response Interior Department Reverses Course on National Parks Entrance Fee Increases Victory for Kids and Families Everywhere Washington, DC — News reports indicate that the Department of the Interior will withdraw plans to increase fees for visitors to U.S. national parks. Secretary…

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Media Advisory: Telepresser – Bipartisan Poll Suggests Public Less Likely to Visit Parks with Higher Entry Fees

Media Advisory For: December 19, 2017 ***MEDIA ADVISORY: WEDNESDAY TELEPRESSER*** Bipartisan Poll Suggests Public Less Likely to Visit Parks with Higher Entry Fees Washington, DC— Results of a new bipartisan poll released by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids indicate broad concerns about a proposal to dramatically raise entry fees in our national parks. A majority of…

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Parent and two kids canoeing along the Potomac River

Fourth Graders Float into OAK Week 2017

Seventy fourth graders from D.C. public schools were able to take Voyageur canoes along the Potomac River and learn about the watershed thanks to a special Canoemobile event in Washington, D.C. with OAK, Wilderness Inquiry, National Park Trust, The North Face, National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service kicking off OAK Week 2017.

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RELEASE: OAK 2017 Award Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 27, 2017 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, 202-548-6584, jackie.ostfeld@outdoorsallianceforkids.org OAK 2017 Award Winners Announced lawmakers from both of sides of the aisle recognized for leadership Washington, D.C. — Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced the recipients of the 2017 “OAK Awards.” A bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers including Senator…

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Representative McCollum to join kids on the Potomac River

**MEDIA ADVISORY** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 20, 2017 Contact: Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org Joe Spring, 612-676-9422,  joe@wildernessinquiry.org Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org Representative McCollum to join kids on the Potomac River DC 4th graders receive their Every Kid in a Park passes [Washington, D.C.] – 70 fourth graders from DC public schools will be getting…

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Release: National Park Trust, OAK Receive The North Face 2017 Explore Fund Grant

For Immediate Release July 31, 2017 Contact: Eric Raymond, The North Face, 510-748-2714, eric_raymond@vfc.com Grace Lee; National Park Trust, 301-279-7275, ext 14, grace@parktrust.org National Park Trust, Outdoors Alliance for Kids Receive The North Face 2017 Explore Fund Grant Groups expand access to the outdoors for 4th graders, military kids, advance Every Kid In A Park Washington,…

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Every Kid Outdoors Twitter Party Roundup

On Friday, July 14th, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids held a Twitter Party to discuss the Every Kid Outdoors Act. The legislation was introduced this week with bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. Here’s a roundup of our Twitter Party with OAK members and the Congressional sponsors of the bill. The Every Kid Outdoors…

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RELEASE: Lawmakers introduce bipartisan legislation to get children outdoors

Washington, DC — Today, members of congress on both sides of the aisle came together to help get our kids outdoors. The Every Kid Outdoors Act, introduced by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representatives Niki Tsongas (D-MA-03), Scott Tipton (R-CO-03), and Diana DeGette (D-CO-01), would encourage fourth graders and their families to visit America’s natural, cultural, and historical treasures.

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Boston Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 23, 2017 Contact:   Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org   Liza Stearns, 617-201-7217, liza_stearns@nps.gov Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org   Boston Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters Every Kid in a Park Event at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area connects children with nature [Boston, MA] – Today,…

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RELEASE: The White House budget proposal, wrong for our kids and communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2017 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org, 202-548-6584   The White House budget proposal, wrong for our kids and communities Washington, DC–Today, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 18 budget proposal. The White House has recommended a $3.6 trillion cut to federal spending over the next decade, dealing a major blow…

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CHICAGO FOURTH GRADERS RECEIVE PASSES TO VISIT PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 6, 2017 Contact: Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org; Kim Swift, 219-395-1622, kimberly_swift@nps.gov; Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org Chicago Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters Every Kid in a Park Event at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore connects children with nature [Chicago] – Today, partners came together to ensure…

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North Face Global Athletes and Partners Connect Kids with the Outdoors in “Every Kid in a Park” Event

guest blog by Annie Yearout, Author of OutdoorsyMama.com – originally appeared on outdoorsymama.blogspot.com   Celebrating “Every Kid in a Park” granting free National Park Passes to all 4th graders nationwide! San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Photo: National Park Trust The super-tall, super-lean, super-endurance runner Dylan Bowman is bent over a bunch of outdoor gear…

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Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 26, 2017 Contact:   Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org; Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006, lynn_cullivan@nps.gov; Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org   Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters Every Kid in a Park Event at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park connects children with nature [San Francisco] – Today, partners came together to ensure…

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Outdoors Alliance for Kids Announces Inaugural OAK Leaf Awards

For Immediate Release November 15, 2016 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org, 202-548-6584 Outdoors Alliance for Kids Announces Inaugural OAK Leaf Awards REI, The North Face, National Park Trust, Children & Nature Network and National League of Cities honored for collaborative approach to getting kids outdoors Washington, DC – Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced…

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Fourth Graders, Outdoors Alliance for Kids connect kids with nature

**MEDIA ADVISORY** November 16, 2016 Contact: Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org ; Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org Fourth Graders, Outdoors Alliance for Kids connect kids with nature Every Kid in a Park Youth Event in Anacostia Park [Washington, D.C.] – Partners of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) are coming together to ensure kids across America can experience our…

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DC 4th Graders Get Free Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 7, 2016 Contact:   Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org ; Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org   DC 4th Graders Get Free Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters [DC] – Today, partners came together to ensure kids across America can experience our national parks and public lands. The National Park Trust, The North Face,…

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NYC 4th graders get free passes to visit public lands and waters

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Contact:   Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org; Brenna Muller, 202-630- 1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org   NYC 4th graders get free passes to visit public lands and waters [New York City] – Today, partners came together to ensure kids across America can experience our national parks and public lands. The National Park…

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A Heavy Heart in the Grand Canyon

guest post by Jackie Ostfeld, Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature Director and Co-Founding Chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids – originally appeared in Huffington Post Carrying an extra twenty-one pounds of baby on your back as you climb out of the Grand Canyon during a hot day in July isn’t easy. At least, so I’ve heard.…

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RELEASE: OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM CO-FOUNDER, REI

  July 15, 2016   For Immediate Release Contact: Brenna Muller, 202-548-4581, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org Outdoors Alliance to Kids receives support from Co-Founder, REI Washington, DC – The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) is honored to receive support from one of its founding steering committee members, REI. With a generous grant of $30,000, REI is ensuring OAK…

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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…

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Earth Day Pledge to Get Every Kid in a Park

guest blog by Jackie Ostfeld, Sierra Club Nearby Nature Director, Co-Founder and Chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids Our National Parks are turning 100, and they’re starting to look a little grey. Fifty-four is not just the age of President Obama, it’s also the average age of a visitor to Yellowstone National Park. America’s…

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FACT SHEET: On Every Kid In a Park Day of Action, White House Announces Commitments to Getting Nearly Half a Million Kids Outside

originally published on WhiteHouse.gov The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 21, 2016 FACT SHEET: On Every Kid In a Park Day of Action, White House Announces Commitments to Getting Nearly Half a Million Kids Outside Today, the White House is announcing that more than two dozen foundations, companies and…

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ADVISORY: White House and Partners to Host “Every Kid in a Park” Event at Fort McHenry to Celebrate National Park Week

April 19, 2016 PRESS ADVISORY White House and Partners to Host “Every Kid in a Park” Event at Fort McHenry to Celebrate National Park Week Contact: Sam Chiron, National Parks Conservation Association, 202.419.3712 or schiron@npca.org WHAT: During National Park Week, the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, along with the City of Baltimore and other partner…

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Girl Scouts Celebrate Women’s History Month

guest blog by Brittney McKeown, Girl Scouts of the USA As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we reflect on the need to ensure all girls have an opportunity to get outside. For over a century, providing girls with access to the outdoors and offering authentic leadership experiences have been cornerstone elements of the Girl Scout mission. Girl Scouts…

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RELEASE: Alliance for Childhood and Latino Outdoors join leadership of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

For Immediate Release: February 24, 2016 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld; 202-548-6584; Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org Alliance for Childhood and Latino Outdoors join leadership of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids Washington, DC– The Outdoors Alliance for Kids today announced two new steering committee members, Linda Rhoads of the Alliance for Childhood and Jose Gonzalez of Latino Outdoors. Each brings a new,…

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RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids, Forest Service Partner to Get Children and Youth Outside

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2015 Contact: Virginia Cramer, 804-519-8449, Virginia.Cramer@sierraclub.org Forest Service Press Office, 202-205-1134, pressoffice@fs.fed.us Outdoors Alliance for Kids, Forest Service Partner to Get Children and Youth Outside WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) joined Forest Service Chief Thomas L. Tidwell to announce a new partnership to increase…

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RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids Calls for Reauthorization, Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Contact: Virginia Cramer, 804-519-8449, Virginia.cramer@sierraclub.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids Calls for Reauthorization, Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund WASHINGTON, DC — The House Natural Resources Committee today will hold a hearing on draft legislation “Protecting America’s Recreation and Conservation Act,” introduced by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) as…

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RELEASE: OAK celebrates the launch of Every Kid in a Park Hawai’i

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 12, 2015 Contact: Virginia Cramer, 804-519-8449, Virginia.Cramer@sierraclub.org, Jackie Ostfeld, 202-548-6584, Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org OAK celebrates the launch of Every Kid in a Park Hawai’i Oahu, Hawai’i–Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids joined musician Jack Johnson and his wife Kim, the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, Obama administration officials and more than 200 fourth graders to…

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RELEASE: NYC 4th graders get free passes to visit public lands and waters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 29, 2015 Contact: Virginia Cramer, 804-519-8449, Virginia.Cramer@sierraclub.org Jackie Ostfeld, 202-821-8877, Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org NYC 4th graders get free passes to visit public lands and waters OAK helps launch the Every Kid in a Park initiative in Harlem Today, the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, members of the Outdoors Alliance for…

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Give me an O. A. K.

guest blog by Jackie Ostfeld, Sierra Club’s Nearby Nature Director and OAK Chair, and Brenna Muller, Sierra Club’s Trails and OAK Program Manager Give me an O. Give me an A. Give me a K. What’s that spell? “OAK” cheered 100s of fourth graders at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, on Tuesday during an…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: White House, National Park Service, Outdoors Alliance for Kids and 100 Fourth Graders Promote Every Kid in a Park Initiative

White House, National Park Service, Outdoors Alliance for Kids and 100 Fourth Graders Promote Every Kid in a Park Initiative September 15, 9:45 am in Rock Creek Park WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2015 — Federal officials, local government leaders, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and more than 100 local fourth graders will gather in Washington’s…

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RELEASE: OAK Celebrates Launch of “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 1, 2015 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld; 202-548-6584; jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org OAK Celebrates Launch of “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative Washington, D.C. — On September 1, 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…

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RELEASE: OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS SUPPORTS HEALTHY KIDS OUTDOORS ACT TO RECONNECT KIDS WITH NATURE

For Immediate Release                                                                     Contacts: Christina Batcheler 703-438-6098 batchelerc@nwf.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids Supports Healthy Kids Outdoors Act to Reconnect Kids with Nature  New Legislation Aims To Connect Youth with the Outdoors WASHINGTON (April 23, 2015) – Today, Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) and Congressman Ron Kind (WI) introduced legislation aimed at connecting youth and families with…

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RELEASE: National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 2, 2015 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld; jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org; 202-548-6584 National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years OAK praises “Find Your Park” campaign to get kids and youth outdoors WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched the “Find Your Park” campaign to connect with and create…

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RELEASE: OAK Praises Secretary Jewell’s initiative to get youth outdoors in 50 cities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2015 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld; jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org; 202-548-6584 OAK Praises Secretary Jewell’s initiative to get youth outdoors in 50 cities Washington, DC –Today, in New York City Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a commitment from American Express that will support a new initiative with YMCA of the USA to connect young people…

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EVERY KID IN A PARK: Five Questions about the New White House Initiative

guest blog by Richard Louv,  co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network (originally appeared on C&NN’s blog) On Feb. 19, over a thousand people crowded into the gym of the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, a four-year magnet high school located on the south side of Chicago. They were there to see and hear President Obama name…

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President Obama to Get Every Kid in a Park

guest blog by Sierra Club Nearby Nature Director and OAK Chair, Jackie Ostfeld; originally featured in the Huffington Post A walk in the woods will change a child’s life. That is, if she ever makes it to the trailhead. This week, President Obama unveiled the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative to connect children and their…

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Release: OAK Praises “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2015 Contact: Virginia Cramer, 804-519-8449, Virginia.Cramer@sierraclub.org OAK Praises “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative President Obama to get 4th graders across America outdoors Washington, DC—President Obama today announced a major new effort to connect children with parks and public lands. The “Every Kid in a Park” initiative will open the…

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Release: Outdoors Alliance for Kids Supports No Child Left Inside Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2015 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld; 202-548-6584; Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids Supports No Child Left Inside Act         Bill would get kids learning in and about the environment  Washington, DC – Today, Senators Jack Reed (RI-D) and Mark Kirk (IL-R) and Congressmen John Sarbanes (MD-R) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-R)…

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RELEASE: OAK Members Support Efforts to Connect Youth to Urban Waters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2014 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, 202-548-6584, Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org OAK Members Support Efforts to Connect Youth to Urban Waters WASHINGTON, DC – Today, twenty-eight nongovernmental organizations, including eight members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, signed on to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a fourteen agency collaboration to reconnect urban communities with…

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Keys to Keeping Your Outdoor Classroom Growing

OAK guest blog by Susan Wirth, Outreach Director with Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation originally published by Natural Start Alliance Connecting children with nature has a myriad of benefits that are receiving national attention. Research tells us that children who spend time in nature are more creative, less stressed, better able to concentrate, physically…

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Nature Play Coming to Every Community

 OAK member guest blog by Allen Cooper, from National Wildlife Federation originally published in Wildlife Promise Every parent who has ever watched a child play in nature has cause to rejoice. NWF’s guide Nature Play & Learning Places: Creating and Managing Places Where Children Engage with Nature shows how to design and manage nature play areas…

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Every Child Healthy Outdoors (ECHO) Across America, Secretary Jewell Announces Award for Wildlife Refuge, and Other News

OAK August 2014 Newsletter SAVE THE DATE: Every Child Healthy Outdoors (ECHO) Across America Toolkit Webinar  We are so pleased to announce the launching of OAK’s Every Child Healthy Outdoors (ECHO) Across America Toolkit. OAK’s ECHO Across America Toolkit  provides a series of resources and templates to convene a meeting of leaders of organizations in your state…

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Camping Made Easy

OAK Member Guest Blog by Eric Bach and Irene Lam from Hipcamp Camping should be simple. If I want to get outside with my family next weekend and camp by the ocean, I should be able to. However, after spending hours of searching online to answer these questions, we realized it really isn’t so easy.…

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Thriving in the Great Outdoors

Guest blog co-authored by Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association and Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club For the 10th consecutive year, the president signed a proclamation declaring that June is Great Outdoors Month. This is to encourage us to get outdoors and enjoy our natural heritage. While the president certainly…

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5 Tips for Camping With Kids

OAK Member guest blog by Jessica Culverhouse, National Recreation and Park Association My family and I love to camp. My husband and I both grew up in camping families, and when our son was born, we knew we wanted to take him camping early and often to help foster a love for the outdoors and…

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RELEASE: Outdoors Alliance for Kids, 300+ Youth Launch Great Outdoors America Week on Anacostia River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Contact: Virginia Cramer, 804-225-9113 x 102, virginia.cramer@sierraclub.org; Beth Dooley, 612-325-0203, beth@wildernessinquiry.org Outdoors Alliance for Kids, 300+ Youth Launch Great Outdoors America Week on Anacostia River Asst. Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Darcy, Saint Paul Mayor Coleman Connect Kids with Nature Washington,  D.C.–  National leaders, mountaineers, and outdoor and…

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RELEASE: OAK SUPPORTS HEALTHY KIDS OUTDOORS ACT TO RECONNECT KIDS WITH NATURE: New Legislation Aims To Improve Kids’ Physical, Mental and Social Health

For Immediate Release                                                                     May 21, 2014 Contact: Christina Batcheler; 703-438-6098; batchelerc@nwf.org OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS (OAK) SUPPORTS HEALTHY KIDS OUTDOORS ACT TO RECONNECT KIDS WITH NATURE New Legislation Aims To Improve Kids’ Physical, Mental and Social Health WASHINGTON (May 21, 2014) – Today, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced legislation aimed at connecting children,…

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5 Ways to Celebrate Kids to Parks Day

U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee Chairman Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-Ohio), U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) joined together to introduce a resolution to urge America’s youth to live active lifestyles and to enjoy and protect our nation’s special places to mark…

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RELEASE: White House Honors “Champions of Change” for connecting youth with the outdoors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2014 Contacts: Jackie Ostfeld, Sierra Club – 202-821-8877; jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org; Paul Sanford, The Wilderness Society – 202-429-2616; paul_sanford@tws.org White House Honors “Champions of Change” for connecting youth with the outdoors Several OAK members to receive award Washington, DC — Tomorrow, fourteen Champions of Change will be honored at the White House for their efforts…

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RELEASE: The Public Lands Service Coalition joins steering committee of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2014 Contacts: Jackie Ostfeld; 202-548-6584; Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org; Joe Gersen; 202-737-6272; jgersen@corpsnetwork.org The Public Lands Service Coalition joins steering committee of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids Washington, DC– The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) today announced that The Corps Network’s Public Lands Service Coalition has joined the national partnership to connect children, youth…

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RELEASE: Members of Outdoors Alliance for Kids Applaud Secretary Sally Jewell for Announcement on Youth and the Outdoors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2014 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, 202-548-6584, Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org Members of Outdoors Alliance for Kids Applaud Secretary Sally Jewell for Announcement on Youth and the Outdoors Washington, DC – This morning, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and the US Department of Agriculture to announce a major private sector investment of…

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RELEASE: Interior Secretary Jewell Ramps Up Efforts to Connect Youth with the Outdoors

Contacts: Jackie Ostfeld, 202-821-8877, Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org Paul Sanford, 202-429-2615, paul_sanford@tws.org Interior Secretary Jewell Ramps Up Efforts to Connect Youth with the Outdoors WASHINGTON, DC –Today, at the National Press Club, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell laid out her conservation agenda for the next four years. As part of that agenda, Secretary Jewell stressed the importance…

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Environmental Education Bridges the Partisan Divide in Congress

guest blog by Jackie Ostfeld of the Sierra Club; originally published in the Huffington Post In a welcome break from partisan gridlock, congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle have come together to advance environmental education and outdoor learning opportunities for students across America. Earlier this week, Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and…

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Great Outdoors America Week in Pictures

Guest blog by Jackie Ostfeld. Originally appeared on Sierra Club’s Outdoors blog. The story of Great Outdoors America Week 2013 is best told through photographs. Sierra Club Outdoors hosted 15 volunteers for a week filled with lobby visits, briefings, receptions and events. We participated in 20 meetings with elected officials where we advocated for increasing opportunities for…

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RELEASE: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Helps Connect Kids with the Great Outdoors at Fun-Filled Event on the National Mall

For Immediate Release                                                                                                Contacts: Rebecca Silver, 201-981-1221, rebecca.silver@sierraclub.org Aislinn Maestas, 202-797-6624, maestas@nwf.org   Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Helps Connect Kids with the Great Outdoors at Fun-Filled Event on the National Mall WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2013) – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spent Wednesday afternoon walking, talking and having fun with 100 local youth…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Secretary Jewell to Celebrate Great Outdoors America Week with Kids and Conservation Leaders

06/24/2013 Contact us Original Advisory Published on US Department of the Interior Website WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join kids and conservation leaders and organizations this week to celebrate Great Outdoors America Week (GO Week). On Tuesday, June 25, Jewell will participate in a conversation about conservation and youth with Richard Louv, award-winning author of eight…

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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…

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Getting Outdoors During GO Week

Great Outdoors America Week (GO Week) starts today. The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is proud to participate in GO Week 2013 where we will join our partners to ensure kids, youth and families across the nation have opportunities to get outdoors. GO Week is the preeminent event celebrating our collective connection to the great outdoors while…

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Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors

by Dr. Jill Biden Originally published on the White House Joining Forces Blog As we mark the second anniversary of Joining Forces and celebrate the Month of the Military Child, April gives us the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s youngest heroes—the children whose parents serve in our Armed Forces. Military children face many unique challenges – on average,…

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RELEASE: OAK Welcomes the Nomination of Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 4, 2013 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, 202-548-6584, jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org   The Outdoors Alliance for Kids Welcomes the Nomination of Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Washington, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, to be…

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RELEASE: OAK Praises Nomination of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, Sierra Club, 202-548-6584 The Outdoors Alliance for Kids Praises Nomination of Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior  Washington, DC – Today, President Obama nominated REI CEO Sally Jewell as the next US Secretary of the Interior. Statement of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK)…

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RELEASE: CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: STRENGTHENING AMERICA

CONTACT: Stacy Bare, Sierra Club, 720-519-5837, stacy.bare@sierraclub.org Kristina Ortez de Jones, Sierra Club, 505-206-9629 kristina.ortez@sierraclub.org CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: STRENGTHENING AMERICA Connecting Military Kids, Families and Veterans with the Great Outdoors June 27, 2012 – Washington DC – To commemorate Great Outdoors America Week, experts gathered to discuss opportunities for the Administration, the military and non-profit partners…

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RELEASE: American Heart Association joins steering committee of Outdoors Alliance for Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2012 Contact: Jacqueline Ostfeld; 202-548-6584; Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org; Retha Sherrod; (202) 785-7929; retha.sherrod@heart.org American Heart Association joins steering committee of Outdoors Alliance for Kids Washington, DC–  OAK (Outdoors Alliance for Kids) today announced that the American Heart Association has joined the growing partnership advocate for connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. With the…

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RELEASE: CELEBRATION OF THE MILITARY CHILD OUTDOORS

For Immediate Release Contact: Kristina Ortez de Jones, Sierra Club, 505-206-9629 Kristina.ortez@sierraclub.org CELEBRATION OF THE MILITARY CHILD OUTDOORS Hundreds of military children gather to kick off Month of the Military Child March 31, 2012 – TRIANGLE, VA – April 1st marks the start of the Month of the Military Child. The Sierra Club, Armed Services YMCA, Blue Star Families, National Military Family…

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RELEASE: Healthy Kids Outdoors Act Supports Strategies to Connect Kids with Nature

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Contact: Max Greenberg, National Wildlife Federation, greenbergm@nwf.org or 703-438-6018   Healthy Kids Outdoors Act Supports Strategies to Connect Kids with Nature  Congressman Ron Kind (WI) and Senator Mark Udall (CO) Introduce Legislation to Bolster Outdoor Recreation, Address Childhood Obesity and Strengthen the Economy  WASHINGTON, DC (November 3, 2011) — Congressman Ron Kind (WI) and Senator Mark Udall…

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RELEASE: OAK Makes a Move to Get More Kids Active Outdoors in Support of America’s Great Outdoors and Let’s Move Outside!

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2011 Contacts: Maggie Kao (Sierra Club) 202-675-2384 Max Greenberg (National Wildlife Federation) 703-438-6018 Mona Klausing (Active Network) 858-964-3813   OAK Makes a Move to Get More Kids Active Outdoors in Support of America’s Great Outdoors and Let’s Move Outside! Washington, DC—To commemorate its one year anniversary and celebrate National Get Outdoors…

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RELEASE: OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS LAUNCHES “GET YOUR NATURE ON!” FACEBOOK APPLICATION

6/13/2011 Contact: Kendra Barkoff (DOI) 202-208-6416 View Original Release from the US Department of the Interior WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, seventy-five local DC students from Thurgood Marshall High School were invited to play on what may be considered the nation’s most well-known backyard, the White House South Lawn. As part of the First Lady’s Summer…

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RELEASE: The North Face joins steering committee of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2011 Contact: Jacqueline Ostfeld; 202-548-6584; Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org Jessica B. Lange; 510-618-2734; Jessica_b_Lange@vfc.com The North Face joins steering committee of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids Washington, DC– The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) today announced that the North Face has joined the fast-growing national partnership to connect children, youth and families with…

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RELEASE: America’s Great Outdoors Initiative Reconnects Children, Youth and Families with Nature

February 16, 2011 IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Mary Burnette, National Wildlife Federation, Burnette@nwf.org, 703-438-6097 America’s Great Outdoors Initiative Reconnects Children, Youth and Families with Nature  White House Report Highlights Health, Economic, Conservation and Social Benefits of Outdoor Recreation and Unstructured Outdoor Play WASHINGTON (February 16, 2011) — The Outdoors Alliance for Kids commends President Barack Obama for…

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RELEASE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity joins steering committee of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 20, 2011 Contact: Jacqueline Ostfeld; 202-821-8877; Jackie.Ostfeld@sierraclub.org   Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity joins steering committee of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids Washington, DC– The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) today announced that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity has joined the fast-growing partnership to connect…

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RELEASE: Moving Outdoors in Nature Act Will Support Strategies to Connect Kids with Nature

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Communications Contact:  Amanda Cooke, National Wildlife Federation, cookea@nwf.org or 703-438-6041 Moving Outdoors in Nature Act Will Support Strategies to Connect Kids with Nature Congressman Ron Kind (D – WI) Introduces Bill to Bolster Federal, State and Local Recreation and Health Initiatives WASHINGTON (November 18, 2010) — Congressman Ron Kind (D – WI) today introduced the Moving Outdoors…

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RELEASE: Coalition Established to Connect Children and Families with the Great Outdoors

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2010 Contact: David Willett, 202-675-6698  Outdoors Alliance for Kids  Coalition Established to Connect Children and Families with the Great Outdoors First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign introduces outdoors component as organizations unite Las Vegas, NV—As First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the Let’s Move OUTSIDE initiative today in Las Vegas, expanding her campaign…

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