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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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WEBINAR Best Practice Outdoor Youth Development Programs
Webinars & Events
15 Nov 2016

WEBINAR Best Practice Outdoor Youth Development Programs

View this webinar where TYO talks to the Executive Directors from City Kids Wilderness Project, Outdoor Outreach, and SOS Outreach to learn what it takes to deliver and grow a successful outdoor youth development program. This webinar Recording, will cover a range of topics such as fundraising, evaluation, program models, partnerships, and more. Seth Ehrlich, SOS Outreach Seth joined SOS Outreach in 2005. Prior to being...

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Skiing & Snowboarding Programs are a Great Way to Engage Youth!
Learning
28 Oct 2016

Skiing & Snowboarding Programs are a Great Way to Engage Youth!

With winter almost upon us, now is a great time to consider diversifying your programming to include winter sports if you haven’t already. Skiing and snowboarding programs are a great way to engage youth and get them excited about getting outdoors in the winter and may not be as out of reach as one might think. Do you personally lack the skills to teach Skiing...

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The More the Merrier: Celebrate the Holidays Outdoors!
News / Webinars & Events
28 Oct 2016

The More the Merrier: Celebrate the Holidays Outdoors!

November brings fall colors, cold nights, and the bustle of the holiday season. For many of us the outdoors, our family, and our friends are a natural part of enjoying this time of year. Youth programs often find this time valuable for reflecting back on the busy summer and starting to think about goals for the upcoming year. There are a couple of great national...

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Is Your TYO Profile Complete?
Learning / Tech Tip
01 Oct 2016

Is Your TYO Profile Complete?

Your TYO profile is easy to complete and doing so will enhance your TYO experience. A complete profile serves as a networking tool, allows others to find and connect with you, and allows the TYO team to customize communications with you based on the information you provide. Let’s start with focusing on why the various fields are important! Location – By adding your location (city...

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Developing an After-School Outdoor Program or Adventure Club
Learning
01 Oct 2016

Developing an After-School Outdoor Program or Adventure Club

At TYO we passionately believe that getting youth outdoors can change lives, influence academics & career choices, and has positive health benefits. Developing an After-School Outdoor Program or Adventure Club can provide many benefits to your students and may be easier than you think! Don’t know where to start… the TYO After–School / Adventure Clubs Learning Path breaks down the process into 4 steps. Planning!...

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EVENT  Support one of your fellow TYO members this weekend 9/10/16!
Webinars & Events
09 Sep 2016

EVENT Support one of your fellow TYO members this weekend 9/10/16!

Chill LA invites YOU to their “friendraiser,” Sip Shop Chill, at Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica Place this Saturday from 1-6 PM! Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and apps; live DJ sets from DJ Luke Da Duke; Hit + Run’s screen printing pop up with art to take home; and RAD gift bags with purchase! Red Bull, BarkTHINS, and Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit will be present with product and Ashley...

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SAVE THE DATE: National Public Lands Day, September 24, 2016!
Partners / Webinars & Events
19 Aug 2016

SAVE THE DATE: National Public Lands Day, September 24, 2016!

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands. This is a fee-free day for all federal lands and many state parks to encourage people to join in and spend a day outdoors. Whether you are volunteering or simply enjoying one of the many outdoor activities available, we encourage you to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Quick Links: Interested in...

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