Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) makes one last push with its outdoor programming survey

The Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) still has some key responses that are missing from its outdoor programming survey, so we are making one last push to try and get more groups to submit the survey so we can get a better inventory of programs offered here in Sitka.

Some of the major groups we still need to submit the survey include community schools, elementary schools, middle school, youth groups (such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, etc.), church groups, sports teams, outdoor event sponsors (such as Rotary or Coast Guard) and others. We are looking for responses from groups who provide all levels of outdoor programming in Sitka, from simple nature walks for kids or community garden work parties to full-fledged summer camps.

The Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) is one of the four community health priority projects to come out of the 2010 Sitka Health Summit. Our goal is to get more Sitka residents, especially kids and families, outdoors for recreation.

Our online survey can be found at It asks local organizations 10 simple questions about what types of outdoor programming they provide, the target audiences, the cost and if there are any restrictions (such as only Boy Scouts or church members can participate). The survey also asks what might help various groups provide more outdoor programs, especially those targeting children and families.

Please respond by Tuesday, Feb. 15, so we can analyze our data before a special meeting the next week with the task force working on the Sitka Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Action Plan. If you know of anybody who provides outdoors programming in Sitka, please print out a copy of our flier (attached below as a PDF file) and give it to them so they know how to find our survey. Also, please print out a few fliers and help us post them around town.

The next regular meeting of the Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. We welcome your attendance, especially as we start to look for more ways we can encourage outdoor programming in Sitka.

• Flier about Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) outdoor programming survey (opens as PDF document, please print off a few copies and post around town)

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