Outdoor Adventures is proud to inform the Northern Illinois University community that freshman Madelynn Bramm, a biomedical engineering major and Outdoor Adventure Trip Leader, is one of 18 students selected nationally as an Outdoor Nation College Ambassador.
Bramm shared on her application, “I love the outdoors; more than anything. I want others, not just students, but also the community, to feel the same, to feel the ‘mark’ of Mother Nature.”
Outdoor Nation launched in 2010 and is a first-of-its-kind nationwide initiative created by the Outdoor Foundation to engage and activate young adults in the outdoors. Built on the belief that those most affected by the outcome must lead lasting cultural change, Outdoor Nation empowers young leaders, primarily college students, to mobilize and motivate a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
Over winter break, Bramm received a three-day orientation and training in Washington D.C.
She shared that, “flying to D.C. was an experience I’ll never forget; being able to meet students from all over the country with the same passion and drive for the outdoors was exciting. We learned about initiating outdoor activities on campus with representatives from the Sierra Club, Outdoor Nation and the National Park Service.”
Bramm earned a $1,000 grant for the Outdoor Adventure program and is charged with designing outdoor outings for the community including an Earth Day event and a trip to visit a National Park. Both of these adventures are already scheduled and you can register today. She will also have to plan a self-organized event to engage as many students as possible in a novice outdoor recreation activity on campus. Lastly, she will host a social media campaign that inspires outdoor activity within our campus community.