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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. 

The Event-2015

November 5 - 7, 2015

Rob Hill Campground, San Francisco, CA


Let's turn this powerful model into a national movement! 

Join us in the Bay Area for our National Summit as we connect and learn, share information, build best practices, work together on metrics and evaluation, and determine shared goals and priorities for our Network.

Who Should Attend:

Current and emerging members of the Network, and those interested in starting a program in their city using our shared model, training teachers and other adults working with youth, and/or providing gear libraries of outdoor equipment and clothing to outfit youth groups for trips.  

Ten cities were represented at last year's summit, including: Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Portland, ME, Chicago, Boise, Boston, SF Bay Area, Minneapolis, Milwaukee.


Please contact Jill Greenblatt with any questions at  or 510-282-4254.


Save the date NOW!  REgistration opens July 1st



2014 Summit


The 2014 Summit attendees represented people working to connect kids to nature in 10 cities from Portland, ME, and New York City, to Seattle, WA and everywhere in-between!

Special Guests:

Dr. Nina Roberts, San Francisco State University - Metrics and Evaluation for Program Improvement (for individual programs and across the Network), and building a logic model for this work.

Mary Roscoe, Children and Nature Network - Activating and Leading Networks (for individual programs and nationally), and the larger context of the movement.


Key Topics: 

Marketing and Outreach (including reaching schools and teachers);  Shared Goals; Collaboration and Collective Impact; Best Practices; Gear Management Systems (inventory, reservation, check in/out, repairs, billing); Setting Network Priorities; Network Governance; and more!

Registration Includes: Breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday, party on Friday with dinner and drinks, and hike with sack lunch on Saturday.  Also an optional tour of the Camping at the Presidio program.



Wednesday, Nov. 5th  7:30 - 9:00pm

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA 94612

Thursday, Nov. 6th  8:30am - 5:00pm

Plenaries, Working Sessions, Special Guests and Networking
Optional: "Dine-Arounds" (local restaurant dinners w/ small groups, hosted by locals) 7pm- till?

Friday, Nov. 7th  8:30am - 5:00pm

Working Sessions, Gear Library Tour, Special Guests and MORE Networking
Evening Reception: Our friends at The Studio for Urban Projects are hosting a reception for summit attendees, friends and supporters of The Network. 7:30 - 10pm 

Saturday, Nov. 8th  9:00am - 2:30pm

Tour of the Camping at the Presidio Program's Rob Hill Campground followed by a hike in the gorgeous Marin Headlands, across the Golden Gate Bridge. 


Visit the AGENDA page for more details on our inaugural summit.


Please contact Jill Greenblatt with any questions at  or 510-282-4254.

2014 Sponsors