Hundreds of youth leaders are converging on San Francisco today to kick off a three-day summit that aims to develop new ways to connect youth with the outdoors.
The youth-led movement, Outdoor Nation, is holding a 2011 regional summit this weekend and organizers expect more than 200 youth leaders between the ages of 16 and 28 to attend.
Participants, who were chosen from online applications and nominations, will be discussing factors that may be keeping the Millennial generation from participating in outdoor activities and developing strategies to overcome those barriers, organizers said.
Participants will vote for the best ideas and the winning picks will receive $10,000 in support from the nonprofit Outdoor Foundation.
The same amount will be given to the winners of the other four regional summits–which occurred in New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Denver this summer. More than $100,000 will be invested in the projects in total, according to organizers.
The summit is not all work and no play though, organizers said.
Outdoor Nation, The Presidio Trust, and the National Park Service are hosting a Summer Fun Day at Crissy Field at noon Saturday.
Summer Fun Day is open to the public and will offer outdoor activities, including rock climbing, boating and camping competitions.
The summit kicks off today at noon at the Presidio’s Fort Scott.