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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. 

A Network Approach

The change we want to see in the world is not small.  

The Outdoors Empowered Network aims to affect a generation by connecting ALL youth to nature by breaking down the barriers to access—fear,  expensive equipment, transportation, and trained adults to take them on immersive outdoor trips. We are a growing a network of Member Programs to share resources and amplify our impact by creating opportunities for as many youth as possible to experience the power of natural world. There’s ample evidence that spending time outdoors has long term positive effects on health.

The Network is replicating and supporting programs that are structurally collaborative by design, putting resources into the hands of teachers and youth workers around the country so they can take their students outdoors.

We are studying and learning from a Collective Impact Approach to change, including convening annually in person and often through technology to grow our effectiveness and our impact.

Learn more about becoming a Member Program and bringing this program model to your region.  

Let's build a gear library™ in every city in North America!

Participants from 10 US cities joined together in fall 2014 to share ideas and learn from the growing group of passionate people that make up the Network.


Gear Libraries and Growing Community Capacity to get Youth Outdoors-  Kyle Macdonald, OEN Founder gives a webinar in 2016, in conjunction with Transforming Youth Outdoors, that describes the many aspects of the model.  (59 min.)