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- Kids are urging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to extend the Every Kid in a Park program, which allows every child in the U.S. to visit their national parks for free in their fourth-grade year. It's set to sunset at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) delivered 14,000 public comments to Zinke, and eight military kids and their families delivered more than 1,000 postcards written by fourth-graders. “This highly successful program is ensuring more kids have a chance to connect with nature," said OAK Founder Jackie Ostfeld. "That’s why over one thousand children, including many who have benefited from Every Kid in a Park directly, wrote Secretary Zinke a postcard about the value of spending time outdoors. I hope he will listen closely to their stories about the powerful impact that getting outdoors can have in a young person’s life, and act to continue the Every Kid in a Park program.”
- Colorado celebrated its Public Lands Day on Saturday. The day was established to recognize how public lands are central to the state's economy and quality of life. Here's how Governor John Hickenlooper paid tribute.
- Camber Outdoors announced the 7 women-led companies that will get a chance to pitch before outdoor industry leaders. Click here to learn more about the finalists.
- REI released dates and locations for two new festivals celebrating women, music, and the outdoors. The first Outessafest will be at at Patuxent River Park in the Washington D.C. area on Sept. 29. The second will be at Shakori Hills in North Carolina on Oct. 20. The festival is inspired by women, but all are invited to attend the inclusive gathering. Festival activities include yoga, rock climbing, paddling, a 5K run, inspirational speakers, classes such as camp cooking, and female-led music performances.
- Vermont-based Height of Land Publications, publisher of Alpinist, Backcountry Magazine, and Cross Country Skier, acquired Mountain Flyer, the quarterly enthusiast mountain bike title published by Secret Agent Publishing in Gunnison, Colorado. Brian Riepe, Mountain Flyer's founder, editor and publisher, will continue to lead from Gunnison. All other operations will move to Vermont.
- New gear: YETI is beefing up its hard-side Tundra cooler with wheels and handlebars. The $400 Tundra Haul will launch online at YETI.com in July and at other retailers in September.
- Flowbuilt Manufacturing, the world’s first mass customization footwear facility, opened this week in Ferndale, Washington. The facility is equipped with prototyping materials, 3D printers and machines that flex from manufacturing a single custom pair of shoes to thousands of pairs. Brooks Running Company is its first performance footwear partner wanting to leverage Flowbuilt’s state-of-the-art multi-section injection technology.