OUTDOOR NATION

Launched in 2010, Outdoor Nation is a first-of-its-kind nationwide initiative created by the Outdoor Foundation to engage and activate young adults in the outdoors. Built on the belief that lasting cultural change must be led by those most affected by the outcome, Outdoor Nation empowers young leaders, primarily college students, to mobilize and motivate a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

OUTDOOR NATION AMBASSADORS

ENGAGING AND ACTIVATING COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Leveraging pre-existing school events and campus outdoor clubs, Outdoor Nation ambassadors implement creative ways to encourage outdoor activity in their campus community and reward random acts of recreation. Ambassadors have a special focus on recruiting novice outdoor participants and utilizing close-to-home outdoor resources.

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OUTDOOR NATION NORTHEAST CAMPUS CLUBS

MAKING CONNECTIONS

The Outdoor Nation Northeast Campus Clubs program engage colleges and universities over the course of a full academic year – building a strong connection between campus communities, outdoor recreation and the National Park Service. College and universities in the following states are eligible for this opportunity: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine (defined as the Northeast Region of the National Park Service).

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WHY OUTDOOR NATION?

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1 out of every 3 young people is obese or overweight in America.

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The average person spends 8 hours a day in front of a screen and only minutes outdoors.

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From 2015 to 2016, participation in outdoor recreation among youth decreased or stalled. In 2016, participation among children was 62%, down 1% since the year before. Teen participation remained the same at 59% and young adult participation at 57%.

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We believe college students have the power to change the world. We can move the dial on campuses where student bodies recognize the outdoors as an outlet for recreation and community.

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