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…

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…

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…

[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…

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…

RELEASE: Every Kid Outdoors Act Passes the U.S. Senate

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Contact: April Thomas, 206.321.3850, contact@outdoorsallianceforkids.org Every Kid Outdoors Act Passes the U.S. Senate Bill Ensures that Program to Allow Fourth Graders to Visit National Parks Will Continue Washington, D.C.– Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Every Kid Outdoors Act as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47). The bill…

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…