Outdoor Opportunity Legislative Toolkit



NCEL Point of Contact

Grant Gliniecki
Outdoor Policy Coordinator



The goal of this toolkit is to provide state legislators, agency staff, and partners with a framework and resources for establishing state-level outdoor opportunity funds and grant programs. It aims to offer ideas for place-based flexibility acknowledging resource differences among states. The toolkit is intended to be used in conjunction with input from grassroots/local organizations and communities. Included in the toolkit is an introduction to outdoor opportunity grant programs, program structure considerations, an overview of existing programs, case studies, and key resources.


NCEL Resources

Online Resources

NCEL Outdoor Engagement Issue Page

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The Youth Outdoor Policy Playbook | Youth Outdoor Policy Partnership

Youth outdoor policy background, bill tracking, and case studies with comprehensive policy resources and infographics.

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Five Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive | REI, The Atlantic

An overview and description of five key ideas for increasing access to time outside generated by panelists and experts in outdoor recreation and access.

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Equity in State-Based Outdoor Recreation and Education Programs: Analysis of Eight Western States

Outdoor equity background, state policies, case studies, and talking points. Review of outdoor recreation, education, and equity programs in Western states and recommendations for improvement.

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Education Session: State-Based Equity Funds | Outdoor Retailer, OIA

Panel discussion on key learnings from establishing outdoor equity funds with nonprofit leaders in the outdoor equity space.

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