Author Archives: Shawnte Salabert



Shawnte Salabert

Volunteers Make the (Outdoor) World Go ‘Round
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Volunteers Make the (Outdoor) World Go ‘Round

Whether we’re talking about nonprofit organizations, afterschool programs, community initiatives or beyond, there’s no doubt that volunteers are at the heart of many efforts to connect young people—any people, really—with the outdoors. Below, we’ve gathered some useful resources to help you find and manage volunteers, while also offering a few suggestions for those who are interested in volunteering or encouraging other people to volunteer on...

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14 Nov 2018
A Guide to Winter Programming
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A Guide to Winter Programming

Sure, the days are shorter and the temperatures are cooler, but the winter months are still an amazing time to offer outdoor programming. Need some inspiration to get started? We pulled together a range of information to help you plan and prepare for winter outings, from safety tips to program ideas. PREPARING FOR WINTER OUTINGS Just as with any other time of year, the key...

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15 Oct 2018
How to Use the Every Kid in a Park Program
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How to Use the Every Kid in a Park Program

The arrival of September means a lot of things: The end of summer, the beginning of fall, a return to classrooms, a cool-down in temperatures (well…depending on where you live) – and a brand new year of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. Read on to find out how you can use this free national program to help provide more young people with access...

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14 Aug 2018
Special Use Permitting 101
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Special Use Permitting 101

Whether you’re leading a small group of teenagers on their very first backpacking trip or guiding a university climbing club on an advanced mountaineering adventure, you’ll likely need to obtain a special use permit in order to execute the trip if it occurs on U.S. Forest Service lands. While applying for a permit might seem daunting, we want to help demystify the process, which has...

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13 Aug 2018
The Benefits of Program Evaluation
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The Benefits of Program Evaluation

One of the top reasons outdoor programs struggle to raise funds is that they don’t have a solid structure in place to measure the effects of their work and communicate those effects to potential funders. These measurable effects – or outcomes – are things that go beyond just getting young people outdoors; they should actually speak to making positive, measurable improvements when it comes to...

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10 Jul 2018
Developing a Mountain Bike Program for Youth
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Developing a Mountain Bike Program for Youth

Want to add some action sports to your outdoor programming repertoire? One of the best places to start is with mountain biking. Contrary to what it might look like to those who haven’t tried the sport, mountain biking doesn’t have to be super technical – just as with skiing or hiking, you can find trails and routes fit for every experience level. Bonus? They’re usually...

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02 Jul 2018
9 Outdoor Apps to Use with Youth
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9 Outdoor Apps to Use with Youth

Time outdoors offers the opportunity to disconnect from electronics and reconnect with the natural world. While we definitely encourage plenty of screen-free time, we also recognize that sometimes the use of phones and electronic tablets actually boosts our ability to learn about what we’re seeing out there. In that spirit, here are recommendations for several apps that can support your outdoor activities and lesson plans...

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09 Jun 2018
How to Launch an Angling Program
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How to Launch an Angling Program

The lazy days of summer offer the perfect excuse to head out to your favorite lake, stream, or river and try your hand at catching a few fish. It’s also a great time to share your love of angling with others, so we put together these tips – inspired by our brand new Angling Path on the TYO website, created in partnership with the U.S. Fish...

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06 Jun 2018
photo by Peter Lloyd
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How Do We Measure the Health Benefits of Time Outdoors?

If you’re reading this, chances are you not only enjoy spending time outside, but you also feel that there are both physical and mental benefits to doing so. The question, then, is how do we quantify these benefits so that we can advocate for more outdoor programming, more funding for outdoor initiatives, and more equitable access to outdoor spaces? The great news is, there are people...

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15 May 2018
photo by David Close
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Creating a Theory of Change for Your Program

So, you feel like you’re out there doing good work – but how do you actually measure and prove that you’re doing good work? By creating a theory of change, a tool that will help define your program or organization’s overall strategy for creating a positive impact. WHAT EXACTLY IS A THEORY OF CHANGE? A theory of change is an organizational tool that will help you...

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14 May 2018
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