OAK supports public policies and investments that expand outdoor and environmental education opportunities, promote community health and wellness and engage more youth in environmental protection. Our advocacy includes pushing for legislation and programs that support and invest in connecting children, youth and families to the outdoors. Connecting youth to the outdoors is vital part of maintaining a sustainable outdoor recreation economy, with its proven benefits of improving community health and wellness and engaging more youth in environmental stewardship only increasing the return on federal investments.
Now more than ever, we must increase program support and investment in access to the outdoors so that everyone, particularly those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, can enjoy the mental and physical benefits of getting outside while practicing recommending physical distancing guidelines. OAK urges Congress to act now on the following priorities: