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RECx II - Building Awareness and Engagement

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend: A Model for Community Engagement in the Outdoors - Lee Dassler, Western Foothills Land Trust

The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor oriented organizations and companies to celebrate the how, where, and what of being active outside in Maine. The model is simple – we bring together a diverse network of event hosts for two weekends a year (February & September) and showcase all of the outdoor events, opportunities, facilities, and activities the great state of Maine has to offer. September 2016 will be our 10th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, and over the 5 years we’ve been hosting these events we’ve seen consistent growth in the number of partners, events, and participants.

Fish Your National Forests - Dan Shively, National Fisheries Program Manager, U.S. Forest Service

Dan Shively is a lifetime angler, outdoor enthusiast, and fish conservationist. Dan spent over 20 years of his career in the Pacific Northwest developing and running programs to connect children with nature through outdoor science education and hands-on inquiry. Through community-based festivals to indoor and outdoor classes, Dan’s work and leadership helped to reach 10s of thousands of middle and high school students over the last couple of decades. In his new role starting June 2015 as the USDA Forest Service’s National Fisheries Program Manager, Dan intends to work with partners to strengthen the recreational fishing components of the program the agency delivers.

Weaving Outdoor Play Into Everyday Life - Rebecca P. Cohen, Author, 15 Minutes Outside and PJ's Backyard Adventure

Rebecca P. Cohen believes time outside transforms our lives for the better. Rebecca has worked with 6,000 children around the world helping them make outdoor connections for a healthier life. Rebecca is author of the new children's book series PJ's Backyard Adventures, as well as author 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, and creator of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. She is also host of the video series, Get Out of the House, which shows fun ideas for time outside in every season. For Rebecca's inspiring blog and free downloads, visit