In 2010, Outdoor Nation held its first summit in New York City’s Central Park. The Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival was the largest and most diverse event of its kind in America’s history. More than 30,000 festival goers converged on the park to participate in a range of outdoor activities- from rock climbing to kayaking, and more than 500 delegates representing all 50 states came together to address the growing disconnect between young people and the outdoors.
During the two-day event, delegates set a national outdoor agenda, identified on-the-ground actions, and committed to take action as individuals as well as a community. We drafted an Outdoor Nation Declaration that outlines our commitment and priorities, produced a Special Report on America’s Great Outdoors for President Obama, and started hundreds of projects across the country aimed at engaging more millenials in the outdoors.