OAK works to expand outdoor access for kids, youth and families, break down the barriers to nature, and improve outdoor equity for all communities.

EDUCATION

 

All children, youth and families have regular, safe, and varied opportunities to experience, play and learn in and about the natural world. OAK supports efforts to:

Integrate

Integrate environmental and outdoor education into the formal preschool and k-12 curricula;

Establish

Establish or improve high-quality and safe outdoor learning environments; and

Strengthen

Strengthen and expand educational and out-of-school time programs outside the public school system that are related to our public lands, waters, and shores.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS

 

All children and youth have increased access to safe places outdoors and initiatives to improve their physical and mental health. OAK supports efforts to:

Ensure

Ensure every child in America has safe access to public parks and open spaces within a half mile of their home;

Protect

Protect, restore, or establish natural areas, parks, play spaces, and walking and biking paths near schools and population centers where safe and accessible outdoor areas may be limited; and

Encourage

Encourage our children to get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, with an emphasis on outdoor play when appropriate and safe.

CLIMATE AND CONSERVATION

 

America’s natural lands and waters are protected (including from climate change), programmed and maintained, and children, youth and families play a meaningful role in their conservation, including employment opportunities that advance outdoor connections and protect public lands and our planet. OAK supports efforts to:

Protect

Protect our public lands and waters for future generations to enjoy by addressing critical challenges, such as climate change;

Raise

Raise awareness about the importance of proper funding for our nation’s public lands to ensure their proper management; and

Engage

Engage youth and young adults in career programs that manage, steward and maintain public lands.