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The Corps Network and Earth Conservation Corps to Participate in Great Outdoors America Week Event on the National Mall

Kids, Youth and Great Outdoors Festival and Walk on the National Mall to Feature Appearance by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, officials from Outdoors Alliance for Kids

Washington, D.C. –  On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, The Corps Network and Earth Conservation Corps will participate in the Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival and Walk on the National Mall in celebration of Great Outdoors America Week. Earth Conservation Corps will exhibit a number of birds from their Raptor Education Program from 1-2:30pm in the NE Quadrant of the Washington Monument.

The event, sponsored by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), will include a variety of activities and educational materials to promote youth and family outdoor recreation and will continue with a walk along the National Mall to the Capitol building. Featured speakers include The Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; Jackie Ostfeld, Chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids; Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and other figures from the conservation world.

During this year’s Great Outdoors America Week, or “GO Week,” (June 24-27, 2013) organizations such as The Corps Network and OAK will host events designed to raise awareness about conservation issues, celebrate the connection between Americans and our natural spaces, and encourage outdoor recreation in young people as a way to ensure the health of natural spaces in the years to come.

Other Washington, D.C. events for “GO Week” include a Congressional reception honoring the leadership of Senators and Representatives who have championed conservation and outdoor efforts; Hill briefings from leaders of the conservation, youth, and sporting communities on current outdoor issues; and meetings with administration officials about the future of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, President Obama’s plan to develop a 21stCentury conservation and recreation agenda.

See the full event schedule HERE.

About Earth Conservation Corps

Earth Conservation Corps (ECC), founded as a non-profit agency in 1992, Our Mission: To empower our endangered youth to reclaim the Anacostia River, their communities and their lives.Most Earth Conservation Corps members come from places where high rates of crime and unemployment persist amid a citywide economic development boom. Negative stories and statistics abound this population of at-risk youth, but at Earth Conservation Corps, we’re eager to tell a different story. Our vision is that every young person in the Corps and throughout the District not only survives, but also thrives. For more information visit http://www.earthconservationcorps.org/

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 127 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in every state and the District of Columbia, Corps annually enroll more than 27,000 young men and women in service every year. Since its creation in 1985, The Corps Network has provided national leadership and promoted the growth and quality of its member Corps as they provide education, workforce development, and an ethic of stewardship to diverse youth who address important community and conservation needs. Each year Corps mobilize an additional 289,000 community volunteers who work alongside Corpsmembers to generate 638,684 additional hours of service, at an estimated value of $14,140,463. For more information, visit corpsnetwork.org or contact Levi Novey at [email protected] or 202.737.6272.

Media Contact:

Levi Novey
The Corps Network
1100 G Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.737.6272
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Email: [email protected]