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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 Cal-Wood Education Center for our first Colorado Summit.

Full summit & ONe Day tickets on sale now!

Summit 2019 Theme: Allyship and a more inclusive Outdoors

2019 Conference Topics 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.


  • Access to all onsite Summit programming, including workshops, presentations and hikes, see the agenda to learn more about what’s planned for each day.

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

  • Welcome reception in downtown Denver with food, drinks and access to climbing wall from 4-7pm!

    • Note this is a private event for Summit attendees and invited guests only. When you register for the Summit you'll also be registered for the welcome reception, but additional guests MUST register. Contact Hannah for welcome reception registration info.

  • Transportation between the conference site and downtown Denver.


The one day ticket price specifically relates to entry on Friday, November 1st and includes a light breakfast at registration, lunch and full programming through 5pm.


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

  • Land Managers and staff of Land Trusts

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. 

Part of a Generation Wild Coalition?

If so, GOCO is sponsoring scholarships for summit tickets for you! Apply here by September 1st!

Note 8/01/2019: Scholarships for Full Summit tickets have been distributed but a limited number of one-day tickets remain.

2019 Speakers Include


Autumn Saxon-Ross, Ph.D,

NatureBridge, Director (Mid-Atlantic)


Philip Henderson - Osprey Packs, Repair & Outreach Specialist


Garrett Depmsey - Detroit Outdoors, Program Director


Kyle Macdonald -

Outdoors Empowered Network, Founder & Executive Director


Rafael Salgado -

Cal-Wood Education Center, Executive Director


Jackie Miller -

Great Outdoors Colorado, Director of Programs


Kim Moore Bailey - Youth Outside, CEO

Additional Speakers

Natalia Ospina - Latino Outdoors

Amy Bannon - Paradox Sports

The staff of Member Programs and participants of the Summit from around the country: New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Oakland, Detroit, Leadville and more!



In-Kind donations provided by

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For information about our past Summits, explore the links below.

Photos from the 2018 National Summit in New Hampshire


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