Conservation Corner: Glen Helen Preserve Protected

(Associated Press) A nature preserve and outdoor education center in Yellow Springs, Ohio has been placed under permanent protection.  Two conservation easements have designated the entire 1,000-acre Glen Helen property to be preserved and open to the public indefinitely.

The Tecumseh Land Trust, a nonprofit that preserves land near Dayton, holds two conservation easements for the property and monitors it. Antioch College in Yellow Springs remains the owner of the property.

Officials with the Trust for Public Land Ohio office say the Glen cannot be commercially or residentially developed and its natural resources cannot be extracted.

More than $1.6 million funded the two easements.

The property has a 20-mile network of footpaths and includes a section of the Great.

Read the full article The Dayton Daily News

Local News: Cabela’s Opens in West Chester

We’d like to give a special thank you to all the kind folks at Cabela’s for allowing us to be a part of their grand opening celebration this weekend. We had a blast!

Be sure to stop by the Cabela’s store in West Chester and check out all the cool stuff they have to offer.  If you love the outdoors, this is the place to be.  This space has everything the outdoor enthusiast could imagine including an aquarium, indoor archery range, a mountain replica, wildlife displays, as well as a café, fudge shop, and boat shop.  Additionally, the store’s staff will host educational seminars and demonstrations, offering tips and insights on outdoor products and activities.

Monthly Adventures: Last Month

Summer always flies by too fast and this was no different.  We definitely made the most of our time in the sun as we hosted a series of exciting adventures that included trips to Miami Whitewater Forest for some paddling, bike riding, and fishing.

Summertime adventures are great because students are out of school, relaxed, and really able to kick back and take it all in.  Our goal during the summer months is to keep students active and involved so they can maintain a good sense of wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle all year long.

This really helps when it’s time to go back to school.  Students who participate in Outdoor Adventure Clubs summer programs are rested, refreshed, and ready to get to work.

Monthly Adventures: Next Month

School’s almost here and you know what that means. It’s time for our 4th annual kayaking adventure.  This year will be our biggest ever as we take more than 300 students (and some chaperones) to Miami Whitewater for a great day of fun on the water.

Kayaking may take energy but it is also energizing. You are facing a powerful natural element and trying to work in harmony with it. Not only are you making friends with nature but also with everyone else around you.

We believe kayaking brings the best out of people and creates a strong trust, as each paddler has to trust themselves and those around them.  Not only does it create great friendships and trust but it also creates great inner confidence. Yes it requires a little work, but it’s well worth it once you get out there and enjoy the cool breeze and sunshine.

Kayaking also gives you a great perspective on the natural beauty that surrounds us.  The natural beauty cannot help but cheer up your day and bring a smile to ones face.  Exercise is known to let off endorphins and make us happy but we believe kayaking makes us extra happy. It makes us better people, creates trust and friendships, gets us out and about exploring and challenging our own capabilities and takes us to new places.

Our Journey: Gear Up For School

Hello Outdoor Adventurers!

I’m Joe, your friendly OACGC Program Director! As you know, OACGC is in its first year as an independent non-profit organization. With that exciting new development comes a lot of exciting new changes – including me! While I attended almost every trip last year, this year I’ll be organizing them as well as attending them. You can think of me as the new-and-improved Mr. Mac 😉

With trips right around the corner, OACGC has just started recruiting fairs and orientation meetings before our first kayaking trip on September 12th. We just got back from Riverview Academy where we had over 70 students sign up for kayaking, which, if you’re counting at home, is a lot! We knew it would happen with 20 schools signed up, but that’s some hard evidence that this year is poised to be our biggest yet.

There’s a lot going on at the ol’ OACGC headquarters right now. Miriam Wise, our newest and smartest employee, is hard at work spreading the word about us while Mr. Mac and I are hitting the ground hard, visiting all 20 schools in the next month to get students signed up and excited for the 2015-16 OACGC year. There’s a lot to do but we know how important this program is to all of our participants so we’re working hard to make sure each trip is safe, fun, and memorable for all participants.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with all of our goings-on including fun outdoor tidbits, fundraising events, and (most importantly) pictures and accounts from each trip!

Stay tuned – big things are happening at OACGC!

-Joe

Student Spotlight: Anthony from Woodward HS

Anthony is a former student at Woodward High School and a member of the original Outdoor Adventure  Club pilot program started in the spring of 2013. On the day this photo was taken, Anthony was the first to catch a fish at Winton Woods Lake. Although normally a shy individual, he was very proud of his catch and immediately became the fishing expert among all the students on the field trip that day.

To date Anthony has been on over 20 outdoor field trips with his school’s Club and is always at the head of the pack whether hiking, biking, or kayaking. His outdoor skills and inner self confidence grow with each new OAC adventure.  His mother also enjoyed the OAC trips. She joined in on bike trip around Loveland, overnight camp-out at Winton Woods.  This young man is truly a shining example of how Outdoor Adventures Clubs help urban students grow and succeed in all their endeavors.

Anthony graduated from Woodward last year 2015 Anthony is now working for Amazon in Northern Kentucky.

Partner Spotlight – Brighton Center

Brighton Center has greatly benefitted from its relationship with Outdoor Adventure Club over the past three years specifically through our Youth Leadership Development program. Youth Leadership Development is an afterschool program for teens in 6th – 12th grades that provides structured activities and opportunities for youth to acquire and improve their life skills, decision making, and leadership skills. Brighton Center’s overall mission is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through education, employment, and leadership which very much fits into Outdoor Adventure Club’s model of empowering youth through a transformative experience.

Without the discounted rates provided by OAC and their partnerships youth would not be able to experience to the outdoors in such unique ways. The way staff helps youth overcome fears and challenges is great. Outdoor Adventure Club staff is always patient and kind with Brighton Center youth and bring a level of expertise on the outings.  Youth are able to gain confidence that carries over to their daily life, as well as teambuilding, respect of others and nature increased listening and sense of accomplishment and pride. Through Outdoor Adventure Club Brighton Center youth have had the opportunity to go Kayaking, Fishing, Paddling & Picnicking, Hiking, learn about teambuilding through rock-climbing, ride the Little Miami Bike Trail and have a picnic grill out complete with games. Many of the youth Brighton Center serves would never have these opportunities otherwise.

On a recent Kayaking trip over the summer two youth who initially feared the trip and struggled at first were able to overcome their fears with the help of Outdoor Adventure Club staff and not only enjoy the trip but also left with the confidence to overcome future challenges or fears.

As one youth put it: “The teambuilding activities and ropes course made us all work together, even though we may not all get along all the time, it showed we can listen to each other and complete it together.”

Thank you Outdoor Adventure Club! Because of your dedication, over 50 Brighton Center youth have experienced amazing outdoor adventures.

Trail Blazing: We’re On a Mission

This year we’re on a mission to bring 10,000 local high students out of their comfort zone and into the outdoors.  We will take students on amazing adventures that include camping, fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, tubing, snowboarding, high rope crossing, zip lining, and more.  We also host indoor adventures including rock climbing, volleyball, yoga, and other fun stuff.

So far we’ve led adventures for about 3,500 students but this year we’re going to take it to another level.  We’re doing something that has never been done before in Greater Cincinnati history.  It’s time to blow the lid off this thing but we can’t do it without your help.

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