Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Outdoor Nation Denver Inspired Us

This past weekend, in Denver, Colorado a group of about 65 young people met to discuss ways that we can reconnect our peers and other generations to the outdoors. At the Outdoor Nation Denver Summit high school students, college students, young adults, and professionals came together with a mission to engage, empower, and energize the millenial generation to unplug and GTFO (get the fun outside)!

Sunrise at Chatfield State Park, CO

A highlight of this trip was meeting so many individuals with a love of getting outside. We came from different backgrounds, some rural and some urban, but we all agreed that getting outside means just that...GETTING OUTSIDE. You can get outside in your back yard, a local park, on top of a 14,000 ft peak, or in a state park. In fact, we did yoga in Chatfield State Park, CO with the Rocky Mountains in the background. Yeah, we really did that! Wherever you live, you can get outside.

Yoga with The North Face climber Heidi Wirtz

Our goal for North Texas Kids Outside is to get families motivated and engaged.

We want to take families camping and show them how FUN it can be, but also how it can bring their family together, give them a healthy alternative to video games and indoor activities, and help them gain basic skills they can keep using as they grow together.

We want families to explore, to teach their kids about the outdoors, and to enjoy being together.

 Do you know a family that would like to go camping?

I'd like to give a HUGE shout-out and THANK YOU to MERRELL for sponsoring me to attend the summit. They gave me a new pair of hiking boots, some new, warm & comfy clothes, and the confidence to share my experiences with Outdoor Nation. You guys truly empower people to get outside and I'm so blessed to have had such a great opportunity!

What do you do like to do with your family?
Tell us what makes your family special!

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