Twin Cities ON-IT Summit

DATES and TIMES: October 6 at 9:30am – October 7 at 3:30pm
SUMMIT LOCATION: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus - Campus Club (4th floor of Coffman Memorial Hall)
CAMPING LOCATION:Fort Snelling State Park

Thanks for a great Summit!

It was cold, but an awesome weekend in the Twin Cities!  Thanks for putting in all of the hard work to come up with great solutions to the getting more people outside and active.  We look forward to staying connected and helping you to be a leader in the outdoor movement in your community.

Top Issues

  • Not getting exposed to the outdoors early in life.
  • Children do not get enough unstructured play outdoors due to parents’ concerns.
  • Young people do not have the confidence to act as leaders or go against the norm by going outside.
  • The outdoors is not seen as “cool” or a “resume-builder”.
  • Outdoor recreation is seen as an elite white activity – socioeconomic factors do play a role in access.
  • There is not enough awareness of the awesomeness of the great outdoors.
  • People are not being inspired to go outdoors because there is not enough conversation about the local opportunities to explore (uninhibited free time).

Summit Project Solutions

  • ACORNS (Afterschool Community Outdoor Recreation & Nature Skills) - A project to link university outdoor clubs with existing after-school programs to engage more students in outdoor recreation by providing mentorship during new outdoor experiences.
  • OutMore Nation - A program that makes outdoor recreation activities more accessible to inner-city Chicago families by hosting three days of outdoor experiential activities in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority and Chicago State University.
  • R.A.I.N. (Renewing Attitudes in Nature) -  This project will allow the students at the Washburn School to work with and learn from the already existing rain gardens planted at their school by creating educational programs that utilize these gardens.
  • SEAK and Wilderness Inquiry - This project will fund an overnight camping and canoeing trip along the Mississippi River for 30 students and adults affiliated with the Twin Cities SEAK program and the Urban Wilderness Canoe  Adventure program of Wilderness Inquiry.
  • SEAK Mentor Project - Through this project, SEAK participants will connect with middle school students to offer adventure education that focuses on teaching practical application of outdoor skills early in life.
  • The EXPOsed Project -  Through an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this group will expose elementary students to the outdoors with various organized stations including backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and nature conservancy.
  • Urban Nature Day - Urban Nature Day project will allow the Conservation Corps to get urban kids excited about nature within their communities through an educational event at a local park that will emphasize close to home recreation.

**Don't forget to Sign up for the Twin Cities Summit 2012 Club to stay connected with all of the great people you meet at the Summit!


Want more general information about the Summits? Check out the Summit FAQs or scope out the 2011 Summit and 2010 Summit pages to get a feel for what the Summits are all about. Still have questions? Email us.

Presenting Sponsors

    • The Conservation Fund
    • REI Foundation

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