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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 - [...]

[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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Biden’s Plan Includes Transformational Investments in Urban Parks, Community Green SpaceFOR 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 million [...]

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 [...]

[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 [...]

[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 [...]