OUTDOOR SPORT INSTITUTE

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES THROUGH OUTDOOR SPORT

We rely on our connection to each other. It's why strong, healthy communities matter now more than ever. Coming together in the outdoors has an incredible power to develop community. When we engage with friends in and family in outdoor activities like skiing, biking, hiking, and paddling, we are building the very qualities needed for strong communities:

 

  • Healthy, active lives
  • Connection to each other and the community as a whole
  • A willingness to make positive contributions
  • Positive relationships across generations

 

At the same time outdoor sport has the power to develop qualities such as self-confidence, resilience, judgment, healthy risk taking, a connection to the environment, and valuing time in spent in nature. All of these are critical to creating stewards of healthy communities that can navigate our rapidly changing world.

 

Today, however, even in rural places like Maine where most communities are surrounded by the natural world, people aren’t engaged in the outdoors or outdoor sport.  As a vital personal and community development resource, the great outdoors is greatly under leveraged. A lack of personal resources, access, and knowledge are all compounded by a culture that finds us growing ever more isolated from each other, sedentary, and disconnected from the natural world. Individual efforts to get people outdoors are important, but alone can’t resolve a cultural issue.

 

WHAT WE DO

To change the culture we need a collective approach at the community-level that:

 

  • Brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to develop the community’s vision and align common goals for lasting outdoor opportunities

 

  • Engages and energizes people of all ages building their skill and capacity, and

 

  • Builds ongoing buy-in and contribution to the vision as it grows

 

This is the work of OSI.

 

OUR MISSION

To collectively create healthier lives, stronger communities, and a better world through outdoor sport.

 

 

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552 Main St., Caribou, ME 04736

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OUTDOOR SPORT INSTITUTE

552 Main St., Caribou, ME 04736

p: 207-492-1444  |  f: 207-492-1442

 

Contact Us    Join Our Mailing List

OUTDOOR SPORT INSTITUTE

Andy Shepard

President/Chief Executive Officer

andy@outdoorsi.org

(207) 232-3304

 

Mike Smith

Chief Operating Officer &

Program Director

mike@outdoorsi.org

(207) 227-0250

 

Erin Jackson

Communications Manager

ej@outdoorsi.org

(617) 957-9015

 

Kyle Folsom

Office Manager

kyle@outdoorsi.org

(207) 492-1444

Erin Fay

Team Head Coach &

Initiative Coordinator

erin@outdoorsi.org

(207) 692-7321

 

Josh Firmin

Team Head Coach &

Initiative Coordinator

josh@outdoorsi.org

(207) 554-0221

 

Justin Fereshetian

Team Head Coach &

Initiative Coordinator

Justin@outdoorsi.org

(207) 576-3778

 

Brian Threlkeld

Team Storyteller

brian@outdoorsi.org

(207) 492-1444

OSI Board of Directors

Richard L. Trafton - Chairman

Andy Shepard - President/CEO

 

Abe Furth

Jay T. Kearney

Minal Caron

Kaitlyn Bernard

Peter Hult

Sarah Guerette

Emma Pope-Welch

 

 

 

OSI Development Committee

Richard L. Trafton

Walter B. Frame III

Gary E. Adams

Ole M. Amundsen III

Chris Condon

Walt Shepard

Dana Connors

Theodora  J. Kalikow

John Couri

Bill Ferdinand

OUTDOOR SPORT INSTITUTE

OSI Staff

OSI Board of Directors

Richard L. Trafton - Chairman

Andy Shepard - President/CEO

Abe Furth

Jay T. Kearney

Minal Caron

Kaitlyn Bernard

Peter Hult

Sarah Guerette

Emma Pope-Welch

OSI Development Committee

Richard L. Trafton

Walter B. Frame III

Gary E. Adams

Ole M. Amundsen III

Chris Condon

Walt Shepard

Dana Connors

Theodora J. Kalikow

John Couri

Bill Ferdinand