News and Views

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Connect Young Students to Nature During the Pandemic?

by Jackie Ostfeld, OAK co-founder & chair, Sierra Club's Outdoors for All campaign director; text originally published in SIERRA Magazine (photos added here by author) Our kids are not all right. It’s been more than six months since schools across America closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sending children home and, in many cases, into [...]