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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. 


2019 Summit Agenda

The Summit Agenda is subject to change and is meant to give participants clarity around the themes for each day and the timing for travel and planning purposes.  See forthcoming session descriptions for more detail about each session. 


October 30th 

Travel day , Bags can be dropped at Denver REI throughout the day if your flight arrives earlier than 4pm.

1:00 - 4:00 pm           Advisory Council Meeting

4:00 pm          Summit Reception Food, drinks and access to climbing wall 4-7pm.

*Note - All Summit attendees will automatically be put on the list for the reception. If you plan to bring guests that are not attending the Summit, please let Kyle or Hannah know so their names can be added to the list.

5:00 pm           Summit Registration Opens


October 31st

Network Founder, Kyle Macdonald.   Read more about Kyle.

Network Founder, Kyle Macdonald. Read more about Kyle.

7:30 am     Registration Open

8:00 am           BREAKFAST

8:45 am          Opening Exercise

9:15 am          The State of the Network. Speaker: Kyle Macdonald, OEN

9:30 am          PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUTs x2

9:50 am          Concurrent Sessions:

  • Best Practices - For Network Members. Speakers: Kyle Macdonald, OEN; Andrew Pringle, Washington Trails Association; and Liza Dadamov, Bay Area Wilderness Training

  • New attendee Welcome and Orientation to the Network - For Non-Network Members. Speaker: Brian Arnoldt, Forest Preserves of Cook County

11:00 am Best Practices Report Out

11:30 am Partnerships and Collaboration Tinkershop. Speaker: Garrett Dempsey, Detroit Outdoors & Jackie Miller, GOCO

12:30 pm        LUNCH

1:15 pm           PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUT x2

1:40 pm          Identity + Nature - an exercise in reflection on how identity effects one’s nature connection.

3:00 pm         Outdoor Play, Hike, Run! 

6:00 pm         DINNER


7:50 pm Cal-Wood and Inclusive Instructional Techniques. Speaker: Rafael Salgado, Cal-Wood Education Center.

8:00 pm         Campfire Social! 

8:00 am            BREAKFAST

8:45 am            Opening Exercise 

Autumn Saxton-Ross, NatureBridge.     Read more about Autumn   .

Autumn Saxton-Ross, NatureBridge. Read more about Autumn.

9:00 am          Keynote : The Crap Shoot of Life: What Causes Inequities & Where Your Power Lies. Speaker: Autumn Saxon-Ross, NatureBridge.

By now, we all are aware of inequalities, but what causes them? Through an interactive game, we will examine how inequitable treatment based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation (and the other socially created “boxes” we put people in) create differences in opportunities and resources, and how these differences manifest.  We will then examine what causes those differences in opportunities and resources and challenge ourselves to use whatever power or privilege we have, to intervene.

11:00 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 10K Feet! - Our CO based member, Get Outdoors Leadville!, will share about their 2-day Outdoor Industry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit earlier this year. The first night was aimed at bringing together the community for a night of inspiration, offered in Spanish and featuring Latinx presenters, and was attended by nearly 200 individuals. The second day was a workshop facilitated by the Avarna Group with over 75 outdoor industry professionals, representing 20 agencies in an effort to recognize biases in our work and to challenge one another to think creatively about ways to make significant changes through a DEI lens. Speakers: Becca Katz and Jackie Radilla, Get Outdoors Leadville!

12:00 pm           PROGRAM MEMBER SHARE OUT x2

12:30 pm           LUNCH

1:15 pm             Open Space - This session provides a format to allow participants to bring their own topics, content to the table. Because the work that happens within the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) space can be emotional and challenging, We will encourage participants to continue to explore the many, multifaceted conversations that arise in the morning sessions. For more on Open Space read here.

3:00 pm Member Program led Discussion Groups - These sessions will bring our four summit tracks to life, with topics touching all four areas of our shared work:

  • Training Outdoor Leaders - Ensuring competent, confident leaders across the spectrum of educators we train.

  • Gear Here - How we manage outdoor gear libraries- from A - Z

  • Behind the Scenes: Outreach/Fundraising/Volunteers - What works, and what doesn’t as we work to grow our work, reaching teachers and youth workers, volunteers, donors and families.

  • Site/Campground Based Programs - Programs with access to land and/or land management partners share ideas and best practices

4:00 pm           Concurrent Sessions: 

  • Let the People Lead! The use of scenarios has been a proven, powerful, experiential educational tool our members have used in field trainings across the country. Speakers: Tigre Velarde, Bay Area Wilderness Training and Kyle Macdonald, OEN

  • Gear Repair Essentials - If the goal is to get people outside, then it's a given that outdoor gear will will take a beating. Even the most strong and sturdy will show signs of wear over time, and programs often spend lots of time on cleaning and repairing their gear to make sure it's ready for the next trip. As Repair & Outreach Specialist at Osprey Packs, Phil is an expert in gear repair and his seminar will demonstrate gear repair in the field and back at base. He will answer your questions regarding your biggest problems and concerns when it comes to gear repair. And he will also cover useful tips for recycling parts and reusing gear for a different purpose, which are essential skills for non-profit programs to get the most out of their gear. Session limit: 25 people. Speaker: Philip Henderson, Osprey Packs.

5:00 pm           Outdoor Play, Hike, Run! 

6pm First Annual Awards Dinner


November 2nd

8:00 am           BREAKFAST

8:45 am           Opening Exercise 

9:00 am           Outdoor Access Together- A new partnership between Latino Outdoors, Youth Outside and Outdoors Empowered Network. A presentation will be followed by a workshop to allow members to better understand how to utilize these national programs for the biggest impact in their own communities. Speakers: Kim Moore Bailey, Youth Outside; Natalia Ospina, Latino Outdoors; & Kyle Macdonald, OEN.

10:30 am         Network Initiatives - Prioritization and logistics for working groups

11:30 am          Next Steps 

11:45 pm         LUNCH 

12:30 pm         Closing

1:00 pm           Good Byes! 

5-7pm Summit Send Off & Fundraiser - A final party to celebrate new connections and old friends. No better way to build a network than to relax and share over a favorite beverage! Tickets are available here! Location: 10 Barrell Brewing Co. in Denver. *Note, all full Summit ticket holders will get complimentary tickets to the Fundraiser, no need to purchase a ticket.