White House to Host Conference on Great Outdoors

By Suz Lipman,
Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network

The Obama Administration is recognizing the importance of the outdoors to people’s health and well-being, with two important new programs: The White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to eradicate childhood obesity.

The White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors will be held Friday, April 16. C&NN President Cheryl Charles, C&NN Associate Rue Mapp (Outdoor Afro) and other movement leadership will be in attendance. President Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks to the group. The conference will be led by Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The conference will address the challenges, opportunities and innovations surrounding modern-day land conservation and the importance of reconnecting Americans and American families to the outdoors.

“America’s outdoors are part of our national identity. They are the farms, ranches and forests that we take great pride in, and the neighborhood parks, trails and fields where we spend memorable time with our families and friends,” said Chair Sutley.

“Across the country, Americans are working to protect the places they know and love, from the streams they fished as children and the parks where families gather together to the battlefields and buildings that tell America’s story,” said Secretary Salazar.

The conference will bring together leaders from communities across the country that are working to protect their outdoor spaces. Participants will include working ranchers and farmers, sportsmen and women, State and local government leaders, Tribal leaders, public lands experts, conservationists, youth leaders, business representatives and others who view the outdoors as integral to their communities.

Secretary Salazar will lead an afternoon panel, Connecting People to our Lands, Water and Wildlife, which will include New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and REI C.E.O. Sally Jewell, among others.

C&NN will be blogging about the conference as it happens, so be sure to follow along. The Let’s Move campaign will be featured in the next brief.

About the Author

Suz Lipman has more than 25 years experience as a writer, editor, social media manager, community builder, and advocate for getting children into nature.

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