Connecting Youth with the Outdoors

Atlanta Regional Forum

March 9, 2007


8:00     Arrival  (Sign-in)


8:30     Welcome & Introduction

Speakers:  David Hankerson - Manager, Cobb County

                  Noel Holcolmb - Commissioner, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

      Charles L. Myers - Regional Forester, USFS Southeastern Region

      Derrick Crandall - President, American Recreation Coalition


9:00     Outdoor Challenges“How do we address the issues?”  (Panel-style listening session)

Ways to engage future generations and inspire our youth as public land caretakers.  Connecting children, parents, teachers, wildlife and nature. Open Discussion


10:15   Break


10:30   Outdoor Projects“What are we doing now?”  (Panel-style listening session)

Showcase of exemplary  programs in and around the Southeast. 

Highlight outdoor activities, programs and events.  Open Discussion


11:45   Interactive Lunch     (Provided on-site)


12:45   Outdoor Access“Where do we go from here?” (Panel-style listening session)

Facilitating access to local, state & federal land

Mass transit, special needs, virtual gateways. Open Discussion


2:00     Call to Action

Speakers:  Audrey Peterman - President, Earthwise Productions, Inc.

      Pete Conroy - Director, Jacksonville State University's EPIC & Field Schools


2:25     Wrap-up - Derrick Crandall, American Recreation Coalition

Opportunity to visit with speakers & presenters.


3:00 - 4:00       Optional Field Tour, Cobb County Parks



Setup for exhibits, displays and/or interactive information will be available in an adjoining room, which will be open throughout the session.