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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OUTDOOR NATION AND CAMELBAK SELECT SHAWNEE OUTDOOR AMERICORPS TO ENGAGE LOCAL MILENNIALS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND WATER CONSERVATION
[Shawnee Outdoor Americorps] from [Carbondale, IL] was awarded the CamelBak Challenge Activation Grant from Outdoor Nation, a national initiative connecting the Millennial Generation to the outdoors, and CamelBak, the leading hydration company. This grant opportunity supports pioneering projects, like [Shawnee Family Day] and initiatives that are millennial-developed, address environmental issues and create sustainable eco-friendly practices in local communities around water conservation. [Shawnee Family Day] is an idea [Shawnee Outdoor Americorps] developed to reconnect young people to environmental stewardship through [team building and educational outdoor activities that foster positive family and community relationships.]
Shawnee Family Fun Day will be on May 25th from 9AM-5PM and take place at the Touch of Nature Center in Carbondale, IL. This will involve children and their families in many expeditions such as canoeing and guided hiking as well as participating in enriching workshops of outdoor skills such as debunking myths of the outdoors, how to pack a backpack, navigation and cooking outdoors. There will also be lessons on basics of water conservation and local heritage. Participants in Shawnee Family Fun Day will be gaining environmental literacy with the hopes of fostering a relationship with their own community and the outdoors. This event is family oriented—all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Lunch and transportation will be provided. The deadline for registering is May 4th
“Outdoor Nation believes that empowering millennials through small grants will inspire a new generation of environmentally conscious outdoor activists,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that started the Outdoor Nation movement. “We are proud to partner with CamelBak, investing resources and funding in young adults and non-profits with innovative ideas and the willingness to bring their ideas to life.” Throughout the year, Outdoor Nation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. Projects serve various audiences and activities include kayaking, photography, urban gardening hiking, painting, biking, environmental education and map and compass skills.
About The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, youth engagement and empowerment and effective grant making, the Foundation works with young leaders and partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. Outdoor Nation is an initiative of The Outdoor Foundation and was started in 2010 with initial support from The North Face, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, The REI Foundation, The Conservation Fund and the National Park Service. This pioneering initiative empowers young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit: OutdoorFoundation.org and OutdoorNation.org.
Founded in 1989, CamelBak invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. CamelBak is achieving its mission to continually reinvent and forever change the way people hydrate and perform by offering a mix of products that include everything from technical hydration packs to reusable bottles and individual UV purification systems. For more information, please visit www.camelbak.com or call 800.767.8725.