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P.O. Box 347171
San Francisco

415-516-9919

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

Consulting Services

 

Many of our member programs came about through support from Outdoors Empowered Network's consulting services. 

We work with non-profits, city, or county government agencies to help them design and implement programs that build community capacity to connect youth to nature from the ground up.  

 
 

Bay Area Wilderness Training houses the largest gear library in the west coast. 

Gear Library and Training Programs 

The core of our work is building programs that build community capacity to provide young people with safe, powerful experiences in the outdoors.  These programs focus on two things: outdoor leadership skills trainings and outdoor gear libraries that are made available to those trainees.  While some programs, like Bay Area Wilderness Training are stand alone, others fit within agencies with many other, connected programs, like the Outdoor Leadership Training at Washington Trails Association, or the Gear Library Programs within Austin's Families in Nature Program. 

 

Campgrounds with gear, and subsidized transportation offer the easiest onramp to overnight camping for first time users.  Camping at the Presidio, San Francisco. 

Campground Based PRograms 

One of the ways that our program model manifests is through campground based training and gear library programs. Since 2014 we've been replicating what we've learned through our connections to the Camping at the Presidio Program, in San Francisco.  We helped the The Forest Preserve of Cook County launch their CLIC Program outside of Chicago in 2015, and we've written a five-year camping program plan for a thriving collaborative in Detroit. 

 

Detroit's five year plan for camping in Rouge Park. 

Early stage planning and fund raising

When a funder has been identified, we can support you in including training and/or gear library services into your proposal.  In 2016, we supported Leadville, CO in their successful request of $3m for a part of their Get Outdoors Leadville Program that will train the community and provide gear through a gear library.  We also recently completed a five-year plan for a program to be housed in Detroit's largest city park.