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photo by Cindy Chen
Learning
18 Apr 2018

How to Develop a Rock Climbing Program for Youth

  The warmer weather and longer days of springtime offer the perfect opportunity to head outdoors. One way to enjoy all of that extra sunshine is to implement a rock climbing program with a focus on safety, education, and fun. Of course, you can teach rock climbing indoors, as well – but we’ll take any excuse to get kids (and ourselves) outside! Here are some...

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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day in Your Program
Learning / Stewardship
17 Apr 2018

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day in Your Program

Each year on April 22nd, we observe Earth Day, a celebration of the environment. The concept has grown since its inception in 1970 to include weeklong and even month-long activities and conversation, creating a wealth of opportunities (and resources) to teach and engage in principles of environmental protection and stewardship. With the phrase “Earth Day is every day” in mind, here are five ways you...

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photo by Ian Schneider
Learning
19 Mar 2018

12 Dream Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Careers

The number of amazing jobs and careers available working both in the outdoors and on behalf of the outdoors is staggering. But with such a bounty of options, which one is right for you? We pulled together a list of twelve dream outdoor recreation and conservation careers to serve as inspiration while you carve out your own pathway. This list isn’t exhaustive by any means...

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photo by Niko Soikkeli
Learning
07 Mar 2018

Introduction to Grant Writing

Fundraising can feel like one of the most vexing components of running an outdoor program. It can seem difficult to know exactly where to look for funds and how to apply for them, especially with the threat of rejection looming with each grant application. The thing is – you have to ask for funding in order to receive it, so it’s always worth giving it...

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Four Steps to Building an Outdoor Program
Learning / Uncategorized
15 Feb 2018

Four Steps to Building an Outdoor Program

Are you interested in building an outdoor program at your school, in your community, or within an existing organization? Consider these four steps a starter kit that will help you understand what it takes to develop curriculum, build partnerships, recruit participants, and launch a successful outdoor program. DEVELOPING A CURRICULUM Most programs begin with a great idea, but the most successful programs also begin with...

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CAMP CHAT: Elyse Rylander of OUT There Adventures
Success Stories / Uncategorized
14 Feb 2018

CAMP CHAT: Elyse Rylander of OUT There Adventures

As Elyse Rylander wrapped up her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin, she had a clear vision about the road ahead: she would channel her enthusiasm for the outdoors, personal understanding of its healing powers, and experiences as a member of the queer community to work with an organization that helped LGBTQ youth forge a positive connection with the natural world. When a clear...

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Tips and Tricks for a Successful Digital Media Strategy
Learning / Tech Tip
17 Jan 2018

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Digital Media Strategy

Most of us would probably rather spend our workday out in the field instead of glued to a computer. Even so, digital media can offer an incredibly useful toolkit to help support the work we do outdoors, so it’s worth learning how to harness its power for good. Here, we offer some tips and tricks to help you navigate the digital waters. ASSESS YOUR CURRENT...

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14 Must-Read Books for People Who Work with Youth Outdoors
Learning
17 Jan 2018

14 Must-Read Books for People Who Work with Youth Outdoors

If you enjoy spending time outside, chances are your bookshelves are already stuffed with environmental tomes and tales of outdoor adventure. We suggest you add to that collection with these must-have books relevant to anyone who works with youth outdoors. BOOKS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Whether or not you work in a traditional outdoor education setting, these books will help strengthen your knowledge base and inspire...

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Photo by Wu Jianxiong on Unsplash
Learning
15 Dec 2017

Tips for Successful Strategic Planning in the New Year

As we approach the year’s end, many people are already looking forward to 2018, thinking about what personal goals they might hope to achieve: picking up a new hobby, saving for a big vacation, or perhaps simply getting outside more. Just as you look inward when the new year approaches, it’s a great idea to also reflect on your organization, program, or project to see...

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Go All-In on Black Friday by Choosing to #OptOutside
News / Partners
11 Nov 2017

Go All-In on Black Friday by Choosing to #OptOutside

In 2015, REI sparked conversation – and a larger movement – when they made the shocking announcement that they would not only close their stores on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but that they would also pay their 12,000+ employees to essentially play outside that day instead. The idea was to encourage people to skip the traditional shopping rush on what’s become known as “Black Friday”...

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How To Combine Stewardship Into Recreation Programming
Learning / Stewardship
09 Nov 2017

How To Combine Stewardship Into Recreation Programming

Whether by leading a hike, hosting a campout, teaching climbing skills, or coordinating an environmental education class, outdoor educators, and program leaders are responsible for helping others form lifelong connections to the natural world. However, it’s also important to remember our responsibility to help preserve and protect the places where we teach and play by weaving the concept of stewardship into programming whenever possible. All...

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PC: J. Orrico
Learning / News
03 Nov 2017

Creating the Next Generation of Outdoor Professionals

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the outdoors, but aren’t quite sure where to start – or do you know someone else who dreams of working outdoors? Whether you’re hoping to forge your own path or are working with young people who are hoping to establish a career in the outdoors, keep reading for tips on how to hone in on a career...

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Leave No Trace Paddling Tips
Learning
11 Jul 2017

Leave No Trace Paddling Tips

With summer in full swing, paddling is a great way to beat the heat.  We reached out to our friends from Leave No Trace for tips on how your program can minimize it’s impact while encouraging participants to get out and paddle. They provided the 7 paddling specific Leave No Trace™ principles below.     Leave No Trace™ principles are simple guidelines to help you...

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PC: US Forest Service
Learning / Partners
28 Apr 2017

Spring is Here! Time to Talk About the Butterflies and the Bees… Our Pollinator Friends.

Spring is here! Wildflower super blooms are blanketing deserts, native gardens are in full bloom, and our pollinator friends are happy. But there is a need to create year-round gardens and landscapes to help bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators thrive as their native landscapes are threatened. Planting a pollinator garden can be a fun project and can provide a great learning opportunity for...

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Learn How TYO Can Support Your Fund Development Efforts
Learning
02 Mar 2017

Learn How TYO Can Support Your Fund Development Efforts

As you build and grow your organization or project, finding sustainable funding will be critical to your success. Whether you are just getting started or already have experience in this area, the TYO platform offers a whole host of resources for you. Just getting your feet wet? Start with the Fund Development Learning Path. As you build and grow your organization or project, finding sustainable funding...

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Green Play to Green Pay: How to Turn a Passion for the Outdoors Into a Career
Learning
09 Feb 2017

Green Play to Green Pay: How to Turn a Passion for the Outdoors Into a Career

There are many opportunities for a career in the outdoors, but sometimes the path is not obvious. In fact, often careers in the outdoors are overlooked while young people are looking for a “real job.” It is important to note that the Outdoor Recreation Economy alone accounts for 6.1 million American jobs. In partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, TYO has created an...

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Program Evaluation: Understanding the Impact of Your Program  
Learning
12 Jan 2017

Program Evaluation: Understanding the Impact of Your Program  

Program Evaluation is integral to a successful program. By creating an evaluation plan, collecting the data, and looking at the information objectively you can continue to grow and evolve your program on a successful path. A good resource to become familiar with the process is the TYO Program Evaluation Path. This path gives a good introduction and overview to program evaluation and provides concrete tools that you can use...

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WEBINAR Program Evaluation Planning: The first step to success
Webinars & Events
06 Dec 2016

WEBINAR Program Evaluation Planning: The first step to success

  Are you still looking for that “perfect” survey to evaluate your program? Do you feel like your current method of evaluation (if you have one) is lacking? Join TYO and Blue Lotus Consulting & Evaluation for the first webinar in our 3 part series on Program Evaluation. When Blue Lotus talks about evaluation, they often hear programs ask about evaluation tools, metrics, and measures....

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