Get Outdoors Florida!
Click the links above to find tips on various active nature-based recreational activities for novices to experts, places to go, events to attend, and ways to partner with us to create a healthy Florida community that is connected with nature, reflects social diversity and exhibits a conservation ethic that ensures a sustainable future and recreational opportunities. The documents and links sections help connect you to research and other useful information about the value of active nature-based recreation and how to improve your own lifestyle and that of your family and community.
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MISSION: Engage communities, families and individuals in outdoor experiences to achieve healthier, happier and smarter lifestyles and sustain Florida’s natural resources.
VISION: A healthy Florida community that is connected with nature, reflects social diversity and exhibits a conservation ethic that ensures a sustainable future and recreational opportunities.
BRIEF HISTORY: We began coming together in October 2007 in response to the National Forum on Children & Nature, which includes a diverse group of private and public leaders, led by the President of the Conservation Fund and having Richard Louv as an honorary co-chair. In Florida this effort was initiated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida State Parks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. However, it rapidly evolved to include a diverse array of state agencies, nonprofit organizations, corporations and concerned citizens who are energetically devoted to ensuring a healthier future for our youth and sustaining Florida's fish, wildlife and natural areas.
The Governance Plan is available for partners to review and comment on. We are an evolving coalition and welcome new partners and sponsors. We are an evolving coalition and welcome new partners and sponsors. The board of officers includes:
Chairman: Robin Will, USFWS
Vice Chair: Rae Waddell, FYCCN
Treasurer: Will Bradford, WFF
Secretary: Bob Wattendorf, FWC
Board: Susan Blake, USFS
Doug Ott, FDACS (Florida Forest Service)
Jan Daly, DOH
Anne Glick, FWC
David Jones, MD, CHP
Lara Kramer, Fish Florida
Meghan Mick, Design from the Ground Up
Nichole Wilder, FDOE
History of Chairs:
Bob Wattendorf 2008-2012
Robin Will 2012-
*Get Outdoors Florida! is a not-for-profit corporation [IRS 501 (c) (3)], Federal EIN #27-0532847. Neither goods were received nor services rendered for this donation.
Florida Registration # CH33892: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
For comments or suggestions, please contact: Bob Wattendorf.
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