If you’re looking for ideas to connect young people with the outdoors, you need to ask the young people. That’s the concept behind Outdoor Nation, which will hold one of three national summits this year at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and UNC-Chapel Hill. North Carolina’s state parks system is helping to host the gathering of about 200 millennials (we’re told that’s humans ages 16-28). The summit is June 29-30.
It’s a great idea for the “delegates” – young people who attend either as individuals or in groups. All expenses are paid (excepting transportation); there are outdoor activities and opportunities for project grants; and, there’s time to network with outdoor professionals. Each year, Outdoor Nation sponsors three national summits and these are augmented with follow-up gatherings in
successive years. Outdoor Nation is an action program of the Outdoor Foundation, a nonprofit of the outdoor recreation industry – with members such as The North Face, REI, The Conservation Fund, Merrell, American’s State Parks, the National Park Service, and others.
Outdoor Nation Director Ivan Levin put it this way, “During the summits, we all get together, discuss the things that are important to Outdoor Nation, learn from each other and come up with ideas to overcome the challenges young people face getting outdoors. Then, the Outdoor Foundation supports us with grant money, training and really everything we need to get the job done.”
Roundtable sessions will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill, and outdoor activities and a campout will be at Jordan Lake. Levin said the informal activities are a great venue for young people to network with leaders in the outdoor industry. In the past, those have sometimes led to internships and new career directions.
The time to register for the Outdoor Nation summit is now, whether you’re an
individual or a group of outdoor-loving folks. Find how to become a delegate here.
Follow Outdoor Nation on Facebook here.
And, get some real inspiration on the movement from videos here.