Be Outside, Idaho!
Be Outside, Idaho!(formerly Idaho Children and Nature Network) is a group of Idaho city, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, private business owners and citizens united in the common cause of empowering all Idahoans to lead healthy lives by developing a sense of place in Idaho's outdoors.
The network's mission is to connect children with nature in Idaho, from backyards to mountaintops.
The network leverages collective resources to:
> increase community awareness;
> provide access to information;
> increase participation in outdoor activities and foster respect and appreciation for Idaho's outdoor heritage;
> improve integration of environmental education;
> create private-public partnerships;
> work to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of Idaho's children.
Be Outside, Idaho!'s vision is to collaborate with private and public partners to empower all Idahoans to lead healthy lives by developing a sense of place in Idaho's outdoors.
The network's Strategic Plan provides a framework for its structure, organization, scope, goals and measurable objectives. Exemplary of true partnership collaboration, the network leverages collective resources to accomplish the goals set forth in the plan. The network is the nucleus of a multi-pronged structure, acting as the primary body for planning, action and future development as the movement progresses.
The network successfully launched a statewide public awareness initiative, "Be Outside" in January of 2009. The launch included the introduction of a website portal hosted by the Idaho Department of Tourism (www.beoutsideidaho.org), print materials and the production of yearlong television and radio spots.
Now in its third year, Be Outside, Idaho! is further refining materials and tools for regional chapter formation, and continuing to reach out to educators, elected officials, youth, health care professionals and others interested in connecting children to the outdoors.
For more information, contact co-coordinator Kendra Witt-Doyle
1387 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho 83709
This campaign is Statewide.
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