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 [...]

Action on ECHO, OAK Education Pillar, and other news

OAK October 2014 Newsletter OAK ECHO Across America Webinar On October 6, OAK’s State and Local Action team lead a webinar on OAK’s ECHO (Every Child Healthy Outdoors) Across Americainitiative.  32 participants joined us for the webinar to learn about the initiative and how to utilize the ECHO Across America Toolkit. Interested in joining OAK’s [...]

OAK Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day, ECHO Webinar and other news

OAK September 2014 Newsletter OAK Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day – September 8-9, 2014 OAK’s Annual Membership Meeting in Washington, DC was a huge success! OAK members traveled from across the country to attend the meeting to share ideas and discuss how best to advance OAK’s goals. We were fortunate to have in attendance members from the [...]

Join us for OAK’s ECHO Across America launch webinar!

Mark your calendar: Monday, October 6, 2014 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET Please join the Outdoors Alliance for Kids for the launching of our new Every Child Healthy Outdoors (ECHO) Across America Toolkit. OAK’s ECHO Across America Toolkit provides a suite of resources to advance opportunities to connect children, youth and families with the outdoors [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

OAK Celebrates Great Outdoors America Week and other News

OAK July Newsletter OAK Celebrates Great Outdoors America Week June 23 -26, 2014 marked the annual Great Outdoors America Week, where 100s of advocates descended upon Washington, DC, to remind our nation's leaders of the importance of America’s great outdoors. OAK celebrated GO Week by hosting our second annual  Youth and America’s Great Outdoors Event. [...]

Organizations Come Together to Celebrate Kids and Youth in the Great Outdoors

The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) Hosts an Event as part of Great Outdoors America Week OAK Member Guest Blog by Tia Watkins, Sierra Club During my second full week as a Sierra Club intern I was lucky enough to participate in Great Outdoors America Week , a week dedicated to raising awareness around outdoor issues [...]

The Refraction Effect – NOLS Shines Light on Leaders of Color

OAK member guest blog by National Outdoor Leadership School A typical National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course involves a team of instructors taking a group of students 14 and older into the backcountry and teaching them outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. We’ve been doing this for nearly 50 years, and can write reams about [...]