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Summit Time- Ten Cities and Counting!


With just under two weeks to go, we wanted to share some exciting news about our first ever National Summit. We've been planning for months on hosting all of our existing Program Affiliates. And we recently confirmed registrations for our incoming 2015 affiliates from Chicago and Boise.  

But what we didn't expect was that we'll now be welcoming representatives from three more cities who registered today, bringing the total to TEN CITIES from nine different states. And this is year ONE!  

We are thrilled to be meeting the following

  • Ron Griswell (Wilderness Inquiry, Natural Leaders Network) Minneapolis, MN
  • Mike Larson (Urban Ecology Center) Milwuakee, WI
  • Brooke Burkett (Portland Gear Hub/Camp Ketcha) Portland, ME

Mike is running the gear libraries (3) for the Urban Ecology Center where they rent canoes, bikes, snowshoes, fishing rods and.... wait for it..... ICE SKATES of course!   read more

Jill and I, along with the rest of the team over here in San Francisco are so excited to connect to everyone and begin building the ties between the people that are already making this Network THRIVE. 

If you can't make it this year, or are just interested in learning more about what will go on, check out our Agenda, and be ready for the announcement about where we'll be next year, as early as January.  Lastly, make sure you stay tuned, and contribute the the summit conversation via twitter at