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Take It Outside was prompted by a growing national concern that children are spending significantly less time outdoors than previous generations; becoming more disconnected from nature; and increasingly showing the symptoms of an epidemic in childhood obesity.

Take It Outside is BLM’s flagship youth engagement program. It was established to help ensure that young people from all backgrounds have access to outdoor recreational opportunities on public lands while fostering future generations of public land stewards. Stressing health, family, fun, and stewardship, Take It Outside provides opportunities for young people to engage in outdoor recreation, non-formal education, and volunteer projects.

BLM staff host a wide variety of Take It Outside programs and activities on BLM lands from archaeology field tours to white water rafting and camping. Depending on your interest, you could be connected to a person who has experience in that area. To get connected with field staff, contact Patti Klein, pklein@blm.gov, and she will direct you to a person to help you.  

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