Outdoor Nation is a weekend long event that focuses on getting Millennials to adopt outdoor recreation as a part of their lifestyle. The participants are mainly Millennials themselves and have a passion for the outdoors that they want to share with others. Outdoor Nation holds Summits all throughout the Country over the course of the year. Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Pat and TJ, recently spent the weekend with Outdoor Nation in Los Angeles, California. Prior to the summit in LA, Outdoor Nation was in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Chapel Hill, and Seattle.
The focus of the event is to brainstorm, collaborate, and design project proposals to deal with problems in the outdoor recreation field. Participants of the summit break into groups and compete against other groups to earn grant funding for their projects. Two 1,500-dollar awards are given to the teams that earn the most votes from the other participants. Some of the key problems addressed at Outdoor Nation are: inclusivity in outdoor recreation, lack of outdoor education, and awareness of greenspaces. The winning projects at the LA Outdoor Nation summit covered: transporting kids to outdoor areas close to LA for kids that cannot afford it and starting an outdoor leadership program for high school students, who would then go into local elementary schools.
The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide Leave No Trace education this past weekend at Outdoor Nation. All of the participants were enthusiastic about Leave No Trace and there were a lot of people that already had Leave No trace as a core component of their program.
Outdoor Nation shares some of the same partners with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program. The North Face and REI are both partners of Outdoor Nation and are committed to helping more people get out and enjoy the outdoors, but to enjoy the outdoor responsibly.
Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace!
Pat and TJ
Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2013 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Coleman, Hi-Cone, The North Face, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.