JUNE 25: Outdoors Alliance for Kids and 300+ Youth Launch Great Outdoors America Week on Anacostia River

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Asst. Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Darcy, Saint Paul Mayor Coleman to attend
Virginia Cramer, 804-225-9113 x 1002, virginia.cramer@sierraclub.org
Beth Dooley, 612-325-0203, beth@wildernessinquiry.org

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JUNE 25: Outdoors Alliance for Kids and 300+ Youth Launch Great Outdoors America Week on Anacostia River

Asst. Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Darcy, Saint Paul Mayor Coleman to attend

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On June 25, hundreds of kids will kick off Great Outdoors America Week on the Anacostia River, joined by national leaders, mountaineers, and outdoor and health advocacy groups. This festive week, dedicated to discovering, celebrating and protecting the great outdoors, will focus on “The Next Generation of America’s Outdoors.” The week will focus on connecting kids, youth, and families across the nation with America’s wild places, urban waters, and nature nearby.

What: This kick-off event will encourage youth to get physically active by introducing them to nature-based recreation opportunities. The kids will get to meet mountaineers and public leaders and enjoy free canoeing and rock climbing led by experienced guides, education stations, and other activities. The event supports the America’s Great Outdoors and Let’s Move Outside initiatives and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

When: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Press Conference at 11:00 am (next to the main Pavilion)

Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park

4601 Annapolis Road

Bladensburg, MD 20710 (Map)

Who: 300+ local youth, joined by special guests including:

- Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

- Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul; President, National League of Cities

- David Jayo, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior

- Peter Rogoff, Acting Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy

- Peter Martin, Executive Director, Sierra Club Foundation

- Greg Lais, Executive Director, Wilderness Inquiry

- Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society

- Members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

- Other special guests invited

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About the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK): OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors. OAK brings together more than seventy businesses and organizations including the American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, Izaak Walton League of America, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wildlife Federation, The North Face, the Outdoor Foundation, Public Lands Service Coalition (a program of The Corps Network), REI, Sierra Club, Wilderness Inquiry, The Wilderness Society and the YMCA of the USA to address the growing divide between children, youth and the natural world. For more information: http://outdoorsallianceforkids.org.

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