The new Appalachian Mountain Club headquarters will host a 50th anniversary celebration of the Youth Opportunities Program, where we’ll toast their success on Friday night!
The fifth annual Outdoors Empowered Network Summit will be three days of engaging discussions; hikes through the beautiful New Hampshire fall colors; time to connect with colleagues new and old; and time to celebrate our work to connect ALL young people to nature.
Upon arrival to Boston on Wednesday, you will travel to YOP's Boston location to tour their facility and gear library and learn about their impressive 50 years of programming throughout New England. In the evening, AMC will provide shuttles to Cardigan Lodge, a 2 hour drive where we will stay through Friday. On Friday, we will return to Boston to attend YOP's 50th anniversary celebrations. YOP will be providing guides for local activities and programs if you'd like to plan additional adventures following the summit. Please click here to learn about local transportation options to get from the airport to AMC.
Learning, Creating & exploring at Cardigan Lodge in Alexandria, NH
During your stay at Cardigan Lodge, we will explore the programs, gear management, best practices and lessons learned from fellow OEN members and other speakers. We will also have ample time to explore the beautiful fall nature in New Hampshire.
Our work with OEN's best practices will continue to evolve and expand, and an Open Space block will allow participants to determine what is most critical for them to address with their peers. Bring your most burning topic to the table and be ready to dive in!
New Hampshire & Mt. Cardigan
Though Cardigan is only 3100 in elevation, it's treeless top often makes it vulnerable to severe weather conditions usually reserved for mountains above 4000 feet. Its 360 degree view gives us an opportunity for great fall leaf peeping!
Read more, and see more pics of Mt. Cardigan at Summit Post
If you are new to our work, and or you're in the region and can only make one day of the summit, consider joining us for Thursday October 18th with a one day ticket. A special, topical track has been added for those involved in, or with the ability to provide site based programs like those popping up in Chicago, Detroit, New York City and Denver. (see article at right) These programs generally have the ability to reach populations facing the biggest barriers to participation, and can be launching pads to outdoor programming with schools and youth service organizations. Land managers, this is the day for you!
Check out the full agenda here!