Outdoor Nation Gathers Millennial Leaders for 10 Summits Across the US - Next Stop Boston

Over the next six months, Outdoor Nation will bring together more than 2500 young leaders, investing up to $100,000 into innovative project and creating a major increase in youth outdoor participation.

Washington, DC (July 22, 2012) - Outdoor Nation, the largest national outdoor movement led by members of the Millennial Generation, comes to Boston July 21 – 22nd - bringing together over 200 participants who represent the next generation of outdoor activists. The Boston event is part of a series of 10 Summits held by Outdoor Nation across the country – connecting young leaders together to identify pressing outdoor issues, develop strategies to address barriers and commit to taking action together. The Summit will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and delegates will sleep under the stars at George's Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands.

The entire Summit Series is almost filled to capacity, a reflection of the movement’s aggressive growth strategy. Next year, Outdoor Nation will expand to 50 Summits – one in every state. The purpose? To tackle head-on what could be one of the largest and most pressing issues in the US today - youth engagement outdoors. The Summits are part of a broader effort by Outdoor Nation to equip Millennial Generation outdoor enthusiasts with the resources and confidence needed to engage their peers in outdoor recreation and environmental activism.

“Outdoor Nation Summits equip and empower young outdoor champions to pursue their own agenda with regard to outdoor engagement,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation, the organization that launched Outdoor Nation. “We’re thrilled to bring this event to a full house in Boston and hope the initiative ensures the Millennial Generation and all future generations will enjoy and benefit from a strong connection with the outdoors.”

During each of the 10 Summits, Outdoor Nation will fund the top project ideas – investing a total of $100,000 in on-the-ground projects. Summit delegates will brainstorm project ideas that address the regional issues preventing Millennials and younger Americans from spending time outdoors, including cultural relevance, access, cost, safety and the environmental health of local outdoor spaces. Delegates will select the most creative and impactful projects to receive funding and technical support from Outdoor Nation. Following each Summit, participants will work together in local communities -- spearheading the projects, influencing decision makers and mobilizing people to get active and outdoors. Ultimately, the goal is to create long-term change in the relationships young people have with the outdoors.

The 2012 Outdoor Nation Summits are presented by The North Face, The REI Foundation and The Conservation Fund, and supported by many other notable organizations including Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, America’s State Parks, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Creative Artists Agency, National Park Service, Merrell, CamelBak, Johnson and Johnson, CIGNA, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Circadence, Sierra Club, Natural Leaders Network, National Wildlife Federation, YMCA and more than 100 invested organizations from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

About The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, youth engagement and empowerment and effective grant making, the Foundation works with young leaders and partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that empowers young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. To date, the successful initiative has engaged tens of thousands of youth and invested more than $200,000 in over 50 innovative projects spearheaded by young leaders and change-makers. For more information visit: OutdoorFoundation.org and OutdoorNation.org.

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