Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Outdoor Nation and Grant Opportunities!


The Office of Youth is excited to tell you about a great opportunity that will be not only fun and interactive, but will be all about the outdoors and take place in some of the most beautiful places in the country.

Are you between 18 and 26 years of age?   Do you want to be part of a youth-led movement that is working to champion outdoor issues on campuses and in communities across the country? Do you have an idea around connecting your peers with the outdoors that you would like to see brought to life with grant funding? Are you looking for a way to become a better leader and decision maker?  If the answer to any of these questions is YES than you should check out an Outdoor Nation Regional Summit near you!

This summer, young people just like you from across the country will come together to build on what they started last year – a youth-led Outdoor Nation! During the 3-day Regional Summits, young people will connect with each other, identify top outdoor issues, brainstorm solutions and get resources to bring those ideas to life. Choose the location nearest to you so that you can help spread the Outdoor Nation movement back in your local community:

·         NYC – June 24–26

·         Atlanta – July 8–10

·         Minneapolis – July 15–17

·         Denver – July 22–24

·         San Francisco — July 29–31

Each summit will include a Summer Fun Day, an afternoon that will include a robust range of recreation and entertainment activities. You will get the chance to participate in traditional recreation activities like kayaking, fishing, climbing, hiking, and biking, and other activities like outdoor music, birding, wildlife programs, art, and theater. Check out www.OutdoorNation.org and the attached documents for more information on the regional summit series, how to apply, and other cool opportunities available through Outdoor Nation.  Please forward to youth you know who may be interested!



Grant Opportunities Available through the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council:

Northern and Central California nonprofit organizations can apply for grants to fund programs focused on getting youth outdoors.
Catalyst Fund Round 2 - Accelerating Efforts to Introduce Youth to Outdoor Experiences
Program funding up to $15,000
Application deadline is Friday, June 3, 2011

The Catalyst Fund supports organizations that connect underserved youth with outdoor experiences within or near their communities. This round of funding is only open to organizations whose annual operating budgets are under $250,000.
Impact Fund Round 2 -  Sparking Innovation and Lowering Barriers
Program funding from $15,000 to $50,000
Application deadline is Friday, June 10, 2011

Thanks and hope your summer is off to a great start!!

Jessica Wahl

Youth in the Great Outdoors 

Office of the Secretary | Department of the Interior


Outdoor Nation 2011 Delegate Information.pdf Download this file

2011 Outdoor Nation Summit Two-Pager For Distro.pdf Download this file

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