Student Attends Outdoor Nation Youth Summit

Friday, November 19, 2010

Senior Zach Bauer, St. Cloud, joined 500 college students from all 50 states at the first Outdoor Nation Youth Summit in Central Park, N.Y., this past June. The event helped the organizers to develop a national agenda, set priorities and outline strategies to promote outdoor recreation and form a catalyst to motivate and mobilize Americans to use the great outdoors. Bauer, a student employee of Outdoor Endeavors, was the only Minnesota representative and worked with 10 other participants to help identify the main barriers when trying to convince people to use the outdoors.

Participants of the event, hosted by The Outdoor Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at championing the use of the outdoors on campuses and in communities, were chosen from a pool of 1,000 applicants; 47 percent came from urban environments, 33 percent from suburban and 20 percent from rural areas. Fifty percent of the participants came from a non-Caucasian ethnic background.

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