Press Conference to Meet the Next Generation of Outdoor Leaders

Press Conference to Meet the Next Generation of Outdoor Leaders

6/15/10 – Please join Mountain Hardwear and Paragon Sports in welcoming Mountain Hardwear’s four Outdoor Nation Youth Delegates to New York City.

What: A kick off press conference before Outdoor Nation ( gets underway

Why: Learn what makes these young people tick and their hopes and concerns about the future of outdoor sports and our wild spaces.

When: 11:00 a.m. Q & A, before Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival begins, Saturday June 19

Where: The Paragon Sports booth, Central Park Band Shell, NYC – Enter Central Park on foot at 72nd St and 5th Ave. Activities between Bethesda Terrace and the Band Shell.

Who: Matt Moniz – 12-year-old Matt Moniz has dedicated the last year of his life to climbing mountains in an effort to raise awareness and funds for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Matt’s best friend suffers from PAH. In the first weeks of his summer vacation, Matt has already summited Denali and Mt. Whitney within eight days of each other. This kid is worth watching! (

Lauren Chapman – Lauren first experienced the outdoors on a Big City Mountaineers five-day backpacking trip. She is currently a junior at Colorado State University and a leader for BCM trips introducing inner city kids to the outdoors. “Being outdoors and working in nature helps to bring a sense of confidence and a feeling of accomplishment that many children in the inner city do not have,” she says.

Chrissy Ford – Chrissy encourages all her friends to get outside and does something outside herself every day. She is currently attending Cal Poly State University. In high school, she worked as a counselor at the Yampa Valley Science School for sixth graders in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. “There is a lack of information about outdoor opportunities for youth,” says Chrissy. “Flyers are not the answer because they are not environmental. Word of mouth and using the internet can get the word out.”

Leslie McKnelly – Leslie has been passionate about the outdoors her entire life. She worked as a junior curator at the North Carolina museum of Natural History, which took her on trips all over the world exploring the natural environment. She also worked in Mexico on a Habitat for Humanity program. She just completed her Masters of Education in Second Language Education at Virginia Tech and has interviews for positions teaching Spanish or ESL in NYC or Washington, D.C.

New book! We’ll be providing a copy of Eugene Buchanan’s new book, Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids, a Guide to Getting Your Kids Active in the Great Outdoors, to all attending media. (

RSVP: Paige Boucher, Mountain Hardwear & Montrail, Director Public Relations and Gives Back cell: