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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 2017

The beautiful Marin Headlands.  The Point Bonita YMCA with Rodeo Beach and the Naturebridge Campus in the foreground. 

The beautiful Marin Headlands.  The Point Bonita YMCA with Rodeo Beach and the Naturebridge Campus in the foreground. 

Organizations from around the country will gather this fall in the San Francisco Bay Area, to share, listen and learn from each other at the Outdoors Empowered Network's 4th annual National Summit. 

Thank you to all that attended, and made the 4th annual summit a huge success! 



October 31 - November 3, 2017

 Together, we are building community capacity to connect ALL young people to nature.

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Key Topics:  

This year's summit will focus on topics that are specific to the Network and Network Member operations.  

Course Curricula: From day hiking to multi-day backpacking courses, Network Member Programs are using scenarios, direct instruction, team building, debriefs and more.  Sessions will address a number of curricula questions in order to illuminate best practices and allow participants to maximize learning others in the field. 

Partnership: Our work is necessarily about partnership.  But how we make most productive our work with these many, varied partners can be one of our greatest challenges.  Learn from a career YMCA Executive how to "crack the code" of working with one of the most ubiquitous youth serving organizations in the US. 

Gear Management: Bay Area Wilderness Training is just beginning the process of testing and implementing MyTurn - a lending library software platform that has everything we'll need to increase efficiency for program staff and Gear Library users.  Our goal is to roll out a plan for you to implement (as you are ready) the software to provide real-time gear availability information to your users. 

Best Practices: It is time we begin to forge best practices as a network.  Types and length of courses, goals, shared learning modules and pedagogy will all be explored. We're ready to extend the work we did in the 2016 Summit. 

OEN's Strategy and Growth: We are the Network, and as such, we'll discuss our strategic plan and its implications regarding the support we're able to provide, what's next in terms of our plan for new members and how we best work together to make sure that everyone benefits from being part of our national level community. Your input is ARE the Network!

Full Summit Registration Includes:  

Read the wrap up of the 2016 Summit in Chicago

Point Bonita and past summits

Our Corporate Members and Summit Sponsors include: 


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