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Secretary Jewell to Celebrate Great Outdoors America Week with Kids and Conservation Leaders
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join kids and conservation leaders and organizations this week to celebrate Great Outdoors America Week (GO Week).
On Tuesday, June 25, Jewell will participate in a conversation about conservation and youth with Richard Louv, award-winning author of eight books about the importance of connecting children with nature, at the Center for American Progress.
On Wednesday, June 26, Jewell will join Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Assistant Secretary of Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy, over 100 local youth and conservation organizations at the Outdoors Alliance for Kids' “Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival” on the National Mall. Jewell will provide brief remarks, participate in nature-based recreation and learning activities, and will walk with the youth from the Washington Monument to the Capitol.
The events are open to credentialed media representatives.
EVENT #1: CONVERSATION ON CONVERSATION AND YOUTH
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Author Richard Louv
CAP President Neera Tanden
CAP Chair John Podesta
Conversation about Conservation and Youth
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 3:30 PM EDT
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Credentialed members of the media should RSVP here.
EVENT #2: KIDS, YOUTH AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS FESTIVAL
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley
Assistant Secretary of Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy
Outdoor Nation Youth Ambassador Arturo Cervantes
Outdoors Alliance for Kids Chair Jackie Ostfeld
The Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune
100+ Local Youth
Outdoors Alliance for Kids' “Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival” and Walk to the Capitol
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Festival with outdoor recreation and learning activities
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Remarks
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Walk to the Capitol
NE Quadrant of the National Mall, near the Washington Monument
15th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Credentialed members of the media should RSVP to Emily Beyer (email@example.com) by 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 26.