updated 5/5/2011 1:46:47 PM ET 2011-05-05T17:46:47

BEND, Ore., May 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PLAY OUTDOORS, the leading online retailer for children's outdoor clothing and gear, is proud to announce its exclusive sponsorship of the "PlayOutdoors.com Family Outpost" at the 2011 Outdoor Nation's Summer Youth Summits. The "PlayOutdoors.com Family Outpost," where families get ruckus ready for outdoor adventures, will include a full day of free activities including art and educational projects for children and their parents. 

Outdoor Nation named America's State Parks as its national cause partner for the 2011 Summit series which will take place between June and July in five cities: New York City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver and San Francisco. The summits are part of Outdoor Nation's initiative to encourage America's youth to reconnect with the outdoors and will involve over 1250 youth delegates from across the country, ages 18-26.

Each regional event is expected to attract thousands of visitors, including a conference of youth delegates.  Delegates will brainstorm project ideas that address regional barriers to outside activities, vote on the top ideas in each region and receive funding and training from Outdoor Nation's parent organization, Outdoor Foundation, to carry out these projects.  Next week, PLAY OUTDOORS will begin its search for 25 talentedand passionate youth leaders to take part as PLAY OUTDOORS delegates at the Summits. Delegate application details are to be released with a June 1 deadline.

"Outdoor Nation is focused on encouraging America's youth to reconnect, redefine and rediscover America's outdoor spaces and we fully support their mission through our sponsorship of the Youth Summit series," said Sarah Laufer, CEO and Director of Ruckus at PLAY OUTDOORS.   "We will be hosting a 'Family Outpost' in each region to offer families a festive, safe environment to enjoy the outdoors while learning tips on how to get outside together more often."

Each of the five regional "PlayOutdoors.com Family Outpost" areas will coincide with the Summer Fun Day dates below and will target young families with free activities including a family souvenir photo area, arts and crafts projects, outdoor educational programming, a chill out zone including refreshments and stroller parking.  Families will receive regional "Get Outside" guides offering tips and discounts to help parents and their children enjoy local hiking and camping experiences. 

Youth Summits/Summer Fun Day dates and locations:

New York City, NY

                Regional Summit: June 24-26, Floyd Bennett Field

                Summer Fun Day: June 26, Floyd Bennett Field

Atlanta, GA

                Regional Summit: July 8-10, Clark Atlanta University

                Summer Fun Day: July 9, Sweetwater Creek State Park   

Minneapolis, MN

                Regional Summit: July 15-17, University of MN St. Paul campus

                Summer Fun Day: July 16, Fort Snelling State Park

Denver, Colo.

               Regional Summit: July 22-24, Cherry Creek State Park

               Summer Fun Day: July 23, Cherry Creek State Park

San Francisco, Calif.

                Regional Summit: July 29-31, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

                Summer Fun Day: July 30, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

For more information on the summits, please visit www.playoutdoors.com/outdoor-nation.aspx or follow Play Outdoors on Twitter for the latest news at http://twitter.com/PlayOutdoors .  


Launched in 2008, founding partners Sarah Laufer and Justin Rae were committed to sharing their love of the outdoors with the rest of the planet. PlayOutdoors.com offers families a unique community and online shopping experience through selling top quality kids' outdoor clothing and gear, made by trusted brands, all in one place. With PLAY OUTDOORS' Ruckus Ready Guarantee, even the most discerning outdoor enthusiast or rookie camper can feel confident with the best-in-category products, and advice from seasoned outdoor family experts who answer questions about the best gear for raising ruckus. For more information please visit www.playoutdoors.com .

Catherine Donovan



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