About the Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook

The Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook

The Playbook is a tool to help legislators and community leaders advance state policies that support getting kids outdoors. It is designed to:

  • Highlight existing and promising policy solutions for driving youth outdoor engagement. We surveyed leaders from across the U.S. to compile some of the most successful policies and promising ideas. We summarized draft bill language to help you replicate good ideas in your state. Check out the Youth Outdoor Policy Framework for specifics on existing bills.
  • Share the knowledge and experience of environmental education and outdoor engagement champions to drive new, innovative ideas. We tapped the experience and wisdom of passionate outdoor engagement champions to collect innovative policy-driven solutions that have not yet been tried. These “big ideas” cut across categories and sectors. They challenge us to think outside the box and envision how state policy can support getting more kids outdoors. 
  • Connect cross sector leaders working on statewide policy initiatives. This Playbook is intended to connect you to people and ideas that can help you advance work in your state.

Youth Outdoor Policy Partnership

The Youth Outdoor Policy Partnership is a collaboration of leading national organizations working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to high quality outdoor experiences and environmental education. We have come together to advance state-level policies that support getting kids outside everywhere they live, learn, work and play. We are engaging our existing networks, which collectively include over 1,000 legislators in every state in the U.S. and more than 5,000,000 grassroots advocates for environmental and outdoor education and recreation. Together, with you, we are creating a new, powerful national outdoor engagement policy strategy.

Our Supporters

The Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook is funded by the Pisces Foundation and REI.

If you are interested in supporting the youth policy playbook or partnerships, please contact Robyn Paulekas (rpaulekas@merid.org).