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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. 


Summit Resources

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2015 National Summit!

This page is meant to be a repository of resources referred to or used by summit presenters.  If you attended and see something missing, let us know, so we're sure to add it!  For those of you who didn't attend this page should give you some context for who we are and what we do to connect kids to the outdoors.

2015 Summit Program Overview

The core program focus of the summit was outdoor leadership training and gear libraries that build community capacity to connect kids to the outdoors.  Key topics included:

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

Resources, Tools and Presentations

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our Programs

Tech and the Outdoors

  • Transit & Trails - A tool for increasing access to the outdoors 
  • Transforming Youth Outdoors (TYO) - An online platform that is an ever-growing collection of resources–including knowledge, best practices, practical tools and guidance–that helps people deliver impactful outdoor programming to the youth they serve.
  • OuterSpatial - A platform for publishing outdoor data and maps
  • Strava - A GPS outdoor activity tracker

Networks, Metrics and evaluation

Camping as Onramp to the Outdoors


2015 Agenda

Wednesday, Nov. 4th  

  • Registration 
  • Network Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 5th  

  • 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 District of Cook County
    • Bay Area Wilderness Training

Friday, Nov. 6th  

  • 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- Appalachian Mountain Club
    • Detroit's Inspiring Connections Outdoors 
    • Austin's Families in Nature 
  • Special Evening Reception: For summit attendees, as well as friends and supporters of The Network, 6 - 9pm.  

Saturday, Nov. 7th  

  • 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.