Hello readers!! This is a continuation from the post I wrote about National Camping Month. Hopefully some of you readers pitched a tent, roasted marshmallows and enjoyed sleeping under the stars and breathing fresh air. Since it’s National Camping Month I wanted to notify all of our readers about a great event coming up.

The Outdoor Foundation and other great contributors have worked hard at putting together the Outdoor Nation event. The event is located in NYC’s Central park and is meant to promote and inspire healthy living and stewardship. The event is this weekend (June 19th and 20th).

The first day of this great event will be an outdoor festival that is family friendly and FREE. Some of the activities include rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, bird watching, biking, crafts, concerts and more.

On the second day, 500 youth delegates from across the nation will gather in the park to develop a national agenda, set priorities and outline strategies to champion the outdoors as athletes, artists, advocates and ambassadors and deliver their message to the Obama Administration.

Below is a snapshot of the weekends events that were provided to us by the Outdoor Foundation.

Snapshot of the weekend:

• The Outdoor Nation will be the largest and most diverse Outdoor Youth Summit in US history

• More than 1,000 potential youth “delegates” submitted applications for the summit; 500 of which were chosen to travel to NYC for the event from places as far as British Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Alaska

• The Obama Administration is sending top leaders to speak to the youth delegates including:

1. Rhea S. Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior

2. Harris Sherman, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture

3. Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, Department of Labor

4. Shellie Pfohl – Executive Director, President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Department of Health and Human Services

Outdoor Nation will also host a Green Jobs and Outdoor Careers listening session with the above leadership team that will complement the 2-day Outdoor Career Fair that is coinciding with the Youth Summit.

• On Sunday, the Outdoor Foundation will be announcing a $100,000 grants program with The Conservation Fund and the North Face

If you don’t live close to NYC or any other major city there is still hope for us country folk. You can search you area for fun outdoor activities/adventures at PlanetExplore.com

Why not? Great tips for free!

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