The Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook is a joint effort of the Children and Nature Network, the Meridian Institute, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Outdoor Alliance for Kids and North American Association of Environmental Education.
As part of the 2020 Online Conference on the Value of Play, representatives of each organization (detailed below) discussed the Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook, a tool to empower grassroots and grasstops leaders and educate state legislators on the value of outdoor engagement and play – with an aim to work together to pass legislation to give more youth and families more outdoor opportunities.
- Martin LeBlanc (moderator), Principal at LBC Action
- Robyn Paulekas, Senior Mediator and Program Manager, Meridian Institute
- Sarah Bodor, Director of Policy & Affiliate Relations, North American Association of Environmental Education
- Dylan McDowell, Deputy Director, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators
- Jayni Rasmussen, Senior Campaign Manager, Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK)
- James E. King Jr., researcher, environmental activist, and cultural responsiveness facilitator
Watch the full video of the panel presentation recorded live on Zoom, April 24, 2020: “Engaging State Policymakers with Outdoor Play: Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook”
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The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition. The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond. The three day event has been moved ONLINE for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our first-ever online Play Conference! Learn more at usplaycoalition.org/playconference2020