Play Outdoors Presenting Sponsor Of Local Student Watershed Summit

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Play Outdoors and the Healthy Waters Institute's Student Stewardship Program recognize local students' presentations of observation and analysis of area watershed.

Students Speak: Watershed Summit keynote speaker Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods.

Play Outdoors, a local company focused on getting kids outdoors, will be presenting sponsor of The Freshwater Trust's Healthy Waters Institute Students Speak: Watershed Summit on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Local students will present and share innovative watershed projects in art, science, videography and hands-on restoration. As presenting sponsor Play Outdoors, along with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Wolftree and the Freshwater Trust create this day for students to share issues and stories in watershed health.

Students will present their findings and creations to peers and the community at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, Oregon. Play Outdoors CEO Sarah Laufer remarks, "I really believe in watershed and environmental education as it helps connect kids to their local, natural landscape. The Watershed Summit is just one way we like to support the community and our future generations. Through such ecologically-minded programs students are united both to the community and health of the land."

Play Outdoors strongly believes in the cause of the Watershed Summit and the initiatives of local students. "Play Outdoors is proud to sponsor this year's Watershed Summit to support the commitment made by students who spend the entire year researching and observing watershed maintenance and preservation techniques."

Play Outdoors strives to provide appropriate gear and kids outdoor clothing, share education and ideas, and enable community projects specifically with the objective of motivating kids to play outdoors and enjoy nature. The Watershed Summit is an example of an ideal collaborative effort and Play Outdoors congratulates this year's student participants.

About The Freshwater Trust

The Freshwater Trust is a statewide non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon with satellite offices in Bend and Corvallis. The Freshwater Trust takes a holistic approach to restoring freshwater ecosystems - from restoring a river's architecture to working with landowners to keep more water in rivers to educating children on the importance of freshwater conservation.

About Play Outdoors

Play Outdoors is an ecologically and socially-conscious retailer of kids performance outdoor clothing and gear. Founding partners Sarah Laufer and Justin Rae are parents, outdoor sports professionals, and business-minded entrepreneurs. With a goal of inspiring families with children to get outside and play together, Play Outdoors represents products that are real-kid tested, proven to perform and made with sincere caring.

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