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P.O. Box 347171
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We are a growing NETWORK of local organizations using training and outdoor gear libraries to help connect kids to the outdoors across America. 


2016 National Summit Agenda


This year's Summit is an intimate affair.  Purposely designed for programs running gear libraries and training programs, staff of member programs will be facilitating discussions for and about out work.  Scattered through out the summit, we will hear brief updates from each and every program, from New York, to Detroit to Los Angeles.  We will build that connective tissue for all networks: trust.  And we will spend time in workshops, breaking bread, and playing outdoors, to strengthen our programs and our collective work together. 

Wednesday Evening 11/2

4 - 8pm  Registration Open

5 - 9pm  Welcome Party! 

As staff of Network Member Programs arrive from around the country, our Chicago friends, lead by Adventure Accessed, will host a relaxed, low-key welcome party at Camp Sullivan (map).  Bring your climbing shoes so you can try out the climbing wall.  The perfect Summit kick-off!  

Chicago area friends! Please let us know if you'll join us at the Welcome Party by sharing your rsvp here



7:30 - 9am       Registration Open,  Breakfast and networking

9:00 am            The State of the Network - Our Strategic Plan-  Kyle Macdonald, OEN

9:30 am            Chicago Park District - PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUT

9:40               Morning Sessions-

  • Day Hiking- Andrew Pringle- WTA
  • Camping Programs Discussion- Chelsea Griffie - LAWT

12:30 pm         Lunch

1:15 pm            Afternoon Sessions -

  • Gear Orientation  (GO!) Programs - Ashley Glosz- BAWT

     Concurrent Sessions

  • Backpacking- WLT/OLT - Jessica Parsons- AMC
  • Place Based/Campground Programs - Brian Arnoldt- FPDCC

3:00 pm Report Out- Inventory Management Software- Kyle Macdonald and Andrew                         Pringle- WTA   

4:00 pm       Outdoor Play/Hike! 

5:00 pm       Skill Based Workshops- Miriam Leal- Families in Nature

6:00 pm       Dinner in the Barn

7:00 pm       Nature and Identity- An experiential approach to bias - Kyle Macdonald-  OEN

8:00 pm       Networking, climbing and social time! 




FriDAY 11/4


7:30 - 9am       Breakfast and networking

9:00 am           Arnold Randall, General Superintendent , Forest Preserves of Cook County 

9:45 am           Metrics: Forging our shared metrics, articulating aggregate impact. 

11:00 am         Standards and Best Practices, part 1 - Jessica Parsons- AMC/OEN Board Member 

12:30 pm         Lunch

1:15 pm            Teambuilding

2:00 pm           Standards and Best Practices, part 2 - Jessica Parsons- AMC//OEN Board Member

4:30 pm          Outdoor play, hike, run, explore! 

5:30 pm          Shuttles leave for the National Summit Reception: Chicago Camps! 


Saturday 11/5

8am- 12:00 noon: Recreation Options for all

A pancake breakfast to close out our Summit on Saturday AM.   Thanks to our hosts at the Forest Preserves, Saturday options will include an archery range, more climbing or hikes on some of the almost 70,000 acres they manage throughout Cook County.   

Shuttles will be provided back to Midway Airport from Camp Sullivan at 1:30pm    


6pm- 8pm:  Climbing Social + Beers at Revolution Brewing Tap Room. 

Who: all Outdoor Empowered Network staff, friends, and area partners

What: Free rock climbing, and after party at Revolution Brewing with first round on First Ascent

When: Climbing from 6:00-8:00 pm, After Party from 8:00 pm onward

Where: Climbing at First Ascent Climbing & Fitness (3516 N Spaulding Ave) and After Party at Revolution Brewing Tap Room (3340 N Kedzie Ave)

Why: To celebrate a successful Summit enjoying climbing and community! 

Please let us know if you'll join us by sharing your rsvp here



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