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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 2019

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The 6th annual national summit is heading to colorado!

Wednesday, october 30th - Saturday november 2nd, 2019

The 6th annual National Summit will be hosted on Ute Nation Ancestral lands at Cal-Wood Education Center in Jamestown, Colorado! We are partnering with OEN member Get Outdoors Leadville as well as Latino Outdoors and The Cal-Wood Education Center for our first Colorado Summit.

Full summit tickets on sale now!

For early bird pricing, purchase by June 15th

One Day Tickets go on sale June 15th 

Summit 2019 Theme: Allyship and a more inclusive Outdoors

2019 Conference Tracks include:

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

    Examples include: Debrief techniques, in-field scenarios, pre-trip meetings, progressions (from Day-Hiking to Backpacking), skills based trainings, addressing identity within trainings.

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

    Examples include: Gear repair techniques, determining product life/turn-over policies, using volunteers in the gear library.

  • 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.

    Examples include: Social Media, Open House/In Person Outreach, Phone outreach.

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

    Examples include: Case studies, program design, key elements, etc.


  • Participation at the welcome reception at REI’s flagship store in Downtown Denver with food, drinks and hopefully climbing on their indoor rock wall!

  • Access to all onsite Summit programming, including workshops, presentations and hikes.

  • Transportation between the conference site and downtown Denver.

  • Food and Lodging at Cal-Wood Education Center (45 min from North Boulder, CO) in dorm style bunkrooms for 3 nights (Wednesday through Saturday).


We will make one day tickets available on June 15th. The one day ticket price includes a light breakfast at registration, lunch and full programming on Friday, November 1st.


Who attends? 

  • Parks and Rec agency staff

  • Environmental and health related non-profit staff

  • Educators

  • Campground operators interested in equity in the outdoors

  • Foundation staff

  • Gear library operators

Passionate and smart people from across this country who are working hard to get people outside in ways that are safe and culturally appropriate through revisioning systems of engagement.
— Grant Armour, Three Rivers Park District, MN. 

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2019 Speakers Include

For information about our Summits, explore the links below.


Autumn Saxon-Ross, Ph.D

NatureBridge, Director (Mid-Atlantic)

Photos from the 2018 National Summit in New Hampshire below


Check out even more photos on facebook from our 2018 Summit at Cardigan Lodge in New Hampshire!