Outdoors Empowered Network
2018 – $10,000 Grant for Capacity Building
2017 – $10,000 General Support
2016 – $5,000 General Support
2015 – $7,500 General Support
2014 – $10,000 General Support

Outdoors Empowered Network (OEN) grew out of the Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) program that has provided overnight nature experience for over 30,000 young people since 1999 through the dedication of trained teachers and youth workers. BAWT is committed to sustaining young people’s’ commitment to nature through breaking the barriers of fear, equipment and transportation through leadership training and outdoor gear libraries.

OEN is working with affiliate programs in Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago in order to create opportunities for youths in these regions to experience nature overnight, using the BAWT model. Additionally, OEN is publicizing and promoting their work at a national summit of potential affiliate programs and supporting organizations who share their vision of developing a world with youth that have a sustaining relationship with outdoor activity and the living planet.