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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 2018


Thank you! To all summit participants, sponsors and hosts, for making

The 5th  annual National Summit A huge success!

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Celebrating 50 Years!!

Celebrating 50 Years!!

With additional support from: 

the 2018 national summit is done - join us next year!

At Outdoors Empowered Network's 5th annual Summit, join your community of peers, to connect and learn, share information, evolve our best practices, and dig deep on the programs and practices that you deliver everyday.

This is our first East Coast summit! Hosted by the Appalachian Mountain Club, at Cardigan Lodge, one of their classic, full-service accommodations. We'll hope for a terrific fall full of colors as we head to New England. Learn more about Cardigan Lodge here.

Together, we are building community capacity to connect young people to nature.


Full Summit Registration Includes:  

Meals from Tuesday dinner through Friday lunch. 

Lodging at Cardigan Lodge in dorm style bunkrooms for 3 nights (Tuesday through Friday). 

Ticket to the Youth Opportunities Program 50th Anniversary Celebration at AMC headquarters in Boston on Friday, October 19th from 6-9 pm. Please RSVP here by October 1st.

Over the past 50 years, AMC's Youth Opportunities Program has introduced over 250,000 youth to the outdoors by providing outdoor leadership training to urban youth workers and teachers across New England and supporting them with the resources they need to lead their groups on outdoor adventures. Join us in celebrating 50 years of this incredible program with dinner, drinks and a great raffle!


Additional information:

To see lodging options for Friday October 19th, please visit the FAQ page. 

We have one day tickets available for participants who would like to attend, but not for the entire Summit. The one day ticket price includes a light breakfast at registration, lunch and full programming on Thursday October 18th. To see Thursday's agenda, click here. If you are coming from further away and would like to purchase a one day ticket that includes dinner and lodging, please contact and we'll create the perfect ticket for you.

Interested in optional post-Summit activities?

  • Ian at AMC has created a great guide to local activities, restaurants, information about transportation and more!

  • Kyle is working on planning an optional, fun post-summit trip to AMC's Highland Center Lodge in the heart of the White Mountains for Saturday October 20th. This beautiful lodge has 6-person bunk rooms that will be available for a price (which is still being arranged) not to exceed $97/night and includes dinner and breakfast. We will have the rooms for Saturday night only (please arrange individually if you'd like to stay longer). Please contact if you're interested in joining us for this beautiful post-summit adventure! We'll be working on transportation options and finalizing the number of rooms based on what we hear from you.

The beautiful fall colors of New England, will provide the perfect backdrop for our 5th Annual National Summit, in New Hampshire.

The beautiful fall colors of New England, will provide the perfect backdrop for our 5th Annual National Summit, in New Hampshire.

View the Full Summit Agenda

Topics will include

  • Best Practices: We'll continue the important work we brought to fruition at the 2017 Summit, and extend what we learn by sharing the specifics our program policies, and more importantly, the rationale behind them.

  • Course Curricula: From day-hiking to multi-day backpacking courses, Network Member Programs are using scenarios, direct instruction, team building, debriefs and more. Sessions will address a number of curricula questions in order to illuminate best practices and allow participants to maximize learning others in the field.

  • Gear Management: We continue to work towards a solution- this time within Salesforce- to improve and automate our gear inventory management systems. Progress will be shared on lessons learned.

  • OEN's Strategy and Growth: We are the Network! and as such, we'll discuss our strategic plan and its implications regarding the support we're able to provide, what's next in terms of our plan for new members and how we best work together to make sure that everyone benefits from being part of our national level community. Your input is ARE the Network!

  • Partnerships: This year, we will have special guests Carol Olson (invited) discussing new work that she is coordinating between OEN, Latino Outdoors and Youth Outside.

  • Site Based Programming Track: A growing segment of our members focus specifically on, or run some of their programming in campgrounds.  These "site based" programs are a manifestation of our shared program model that is growing.  Especially if you are a land manager, come learn how to utilize your campgrounds to create access for those communities facing the biggest barriers to nature.   


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Hannah Shapiro at 773-885-4986 or or contact Kyle Macdonald at 415-516-9919 or

Guides for local activities following the Summit coming soon!


Read the wrap up of the 2016 summit in chicago

Images from summits past