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Outdoor Foundation Executive Director Resigns

The Outdoor Foundation board of directors announced that Executive Director Chris Fanning is resigning to become the natural and historical resources chief for Prince George’s County (located just outside of Washington, D.C.). The Outdoor Foundation board, the philanthropic arm of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), has established a search committee to lead the leadership transition process. … Read more →

Fund Your School’s Kids to Parks Day Trip

National Park Trust is inviting students across the country to participate in the 7th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks and public lands, a “day of play!” In honor of the day, the group is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day (KTP) National School Contest to … Read more →

Love Thy Neighbor Film Debuts, Offering Deeper Connection with Nature

In timing with the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, a new film called Love Thy Nature showed in  over 40 cities across the country this summer, with the goal of better connecting people with nature. Narrated by Liam Neeson and produced by Sylvie Rokab, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey into the beauty and intimacy … Read more →

Paddle to the Arctic Expedition pits kids’ screen time against the Canadian wilderness

This July two young families will attempt to paddle the length of the Mackenzie river, Canada’s largest and longest river, in a trip designed to challenge the current childhood trends of a sedentary lifestyle dominated by television and computer time… The Paddle to the Arctic expedition is centered around getting kids outdoors. On average, children spend 35 hours a week in front … Read more →

SUP Supporter: Imua Keiki o ke Kai Introduces Kids to SUP

Kids have some help learning to SUP in Hawaii. SIC Global Team Athlete Andrea Moller hosted the 4th annual Imua Keiki o ke Kai event, presented by Paddle Imua & Bluesmiths. The event was held on Sunday, April 3, at the Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului, Maui, to provide children with special needs an opportunity … Read more →

Seven Cities to Connect Children with Nature

Children in at least seven U.S. cities are about to get an outdoor playtime boost. With the mission to provide children optimal opportunities to play, grow, and learn in the great outdoors, a group called Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) and its partners have selected seven cities for the planning phase of its initiative … Read more →

And There Was Much Rejoicing: Nation’s First Private/Nonprofit Winter Sport Facility for Kids Opens

Kids have a new place to play in the wintertime. The National Winter Sports Education Foundation (NWSEF) just announced the grand opening of the National Winter Activity Center (NWAC) as the nation’s first private 501(c)(3) nonprofit winter sport facility for kids. Formerly Hidden Valley Resort, NWAC will exclusively serve 6- through 17-year-olds, through partnerships with … Read more →

Hello, Guinness? World’s Largest Ski Lesson Unfolds Jan. 8

Talk about a whopper of a ski lesson. With kids leading the charge, on Friday January 8, the U.S. ski industry came together in an attempt to set a new record for a coordinated participation in a Learn to Ski or Snowboard lesson. Organizers for the “World’s Largest Lesson” estimated 6,000 lessons were taught across … Read more →

Kids Run the Nation Program Running…Well… Strong

The Road Runners Club of America’s Kids Run the Nation youth running program is running stronger than ever in helping kids put one foot after the other. The official youth running program of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), Kids Run the Nation offers tools and resources for organizing youth running programs in schools, … Read more →

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month partners with U.S. Forest Service to encourage riding; Plus: world record for the largest lesson day.

There’s never been a better time for kids to hit the slopes — especially with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month’s recent partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to encourage skiing and snowboarding, complete with the chance to establish a world record for the largest single day for ski and snowboard lessons. The world-record attempt … Read more →