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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. 


National Summit 2015

November 4 - 7
Rob Hill Campground, San Francisco, CA


Growing the movement

Join your community of peers as we connect and learn, share information, distill best practices, and work together to connect more kids to transformative outdoor opportunities.  Over the course of the National Summit, you will grow and deepen relationships with other leaders as we look at ways to increase our collective impact across the country.  We will take a deep dive into some of the most pressing and important issues in our field -- from metrics and evaluation to diversity and inclusion.  


  • Building community capacity to access the outdoors
  • Information and resource sharing through online community platform
  • Shared metrics and evaluation
  • Cultural competency, diversity and inclusion
  • Technology and the outdoors
  • Best practices within our train and support model
  • Using earned revenue streams to support our programs 

See full descriptions of Summit sessions.

Summit Overview                                            SPECIAL GUESTS

Wednesday, Nov. 4th  5pm-8pm

  • Registration 
  • Network Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 5th  8:30am - 5pm

  • Registration
  • Keynote Address: Kyle Macdonald, Founder, Outdoors Empowered Network 
  • Sessions:
    • Tech and Access to the Outdoors: Ryan Branciforte, Co-Founder, Transit to Trails + Trailhead Labs
    • Diversity and Inclusivity within our Programs: Aparna Rajagopal-Durban
  • Network Presentations:
    • Los Angeles Wilderness Training
    • Forest Preserve of Cook County
    • Bay Area Wilderness Training

Single-Day Registration Available

Friday, Nov. 6th  8:30am - 5pm

  • Keynote: Juan Martinez of The Children and Nature Network
  • Sessions:
    • Transforming Youth Outdoors: Chris Rutgers
    • Creating Shared Metrics for the Network: Nina Roberts 
    • Panel Discussion: Campgrounds as "Onramp" to the Outdoors
      Who: Annie Burke (Moderator), Brian Arnoldt, Michele Gee, Damien Raffa, Grace Melango Blake

      What: A panel of program and land managers utilizing public lands in or near urban centers in San Francisco and Chicago will share what they've learned about their respective programs. Read more about the panel here.
  • Network Presentations:
    • Washington Trails Association
    • Idaho Youth Wilderness Initiative
    • Youth Opportunities Program
    • Detroit's Outdoor Adventure Center
  • Special Evening Reception: For summit attendees, as well as friends and supporters of The Network, 6 - 9pm.  
    Click here to learn more and purchase tickets. 

Single-Day Registration Available

Saturday, Nov. 7th  8am - 6pm

  • Transit to Trails Hike: Co-Founder of Transit to Trails and Trailhead Labs, Ryan Branciforte, will be leading an adventure into the beautiful Marin Headlands.
  • Gear Library Tour and Closing Party at Bay Area Wilderness Training.   


Rob Hill Campground in San Francisco is the perfect setting for our National Summit

  • Camping at the Summit site on the coast in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco (Wednesday night through Sunday morning)
  • Use of tent (shared), sleeping bag, liner and pad from the Camping at the Presidio gear library.
  • Ticket to the Summit Reception on Friday, November 6th
  • A Special Transit & Trails Hike sponsored by Trailhead Labs
  • Closing Party at Bay Area Wilderness Training
  • Meals from Wednesday dinner -  through Saturday's Closing Party


    Artt Mathews, of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (Chicago) shares about their brand new campground based gear-library and training programs. 


    Current and emerging members of the Network, and those interested in starting a program in their city using our shared model, training teachers and other adults working with youth, and/or providing gear libraries of outdoor equipment and clothing to outfit youth groups for trips.  

    Ten cities were represented at last year's summit, including: Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Portland, ME, Chicago, Boise, Boston, SF Bay Area, Minneapolis, Milwaukee.




    Summit Sponsors


    Questions?  Contact Kyle Macdonald at 415-516-9919 or

    Sponsorship Opportunities:  Contact Shea Morrissey at 415-933-0691 or