Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy
We are building support from the ground up. The Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy working group works from the bottom up by supporting promoting systems change at the school leadership, school district and town level. Because local leaders make school spending and program decisions, the policy decisions that are made at this level are likely to be immediate and durable over time, and with broad supportive for advocates statewide, local advocacy can have real ripple effects throughout the state. The Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy task force is oriented toward advocating for equitable access for all Maine youth to outdoor learning support and programming at the local level.
This working group focuses on implementing systemic change at a local level, and has developed a 6-stage plan to develop a strategy for its ongoing work to build a structure to generate local support for outdoor learning. During the “inform” phase, the group has shared and examined various network models of local advocacy, which participants are currently reflecting on and analyzing. As the Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy working group moves into the “design” phase, we will develop a model that works for Maine and the nature-based education sector, which it will then pilot, improve, and expand. Meanwhile, we are developing emergent versatile tools and supports for advocates based in real-life Maine outdoor learning successes to share the benefits of outdoor learning with those who may not experience it directly.
Community members and leaders know their needs the best and are their own best advocates. Working with a diverse team to develop community-centered advocacy processes is core to our approach to build local advocacy strategies and supports that work today and into the future.
Do you want to effect change in your own community?
Are you a local leader who cares about outdoor learning?
Do you want to build a network of local leaders and community members to advocate for outdoor learning opportunities for all Maine youth?
Current Local Outdoor Learning Advocacy working group participants:
For general inquiries, contact network manager Nathan Broaddus.