Explore Austin’s panel was accepted by competitive application to SXSW EDU!

The Nature Gap: Why ‘Outdoors for All’ Matters

American children spend up to seven hours a day on screens outside of school, affecting their ability to be effective in the classroom and relate to their peers and adults. Access to the outdoors is not equitable across racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic boundaries and levels of physical ability. Experts from Texas Parks & Wildlife, Black Outside, Latino Outdoors, Texas State University School of Social Work and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center discuss this “nature gap” and why “outdoors for all” matters in this SXSW EDU panel.

This session will take place in Room 18CD at the Austin Convention Center as a part of the SXSW EDU conference.

Quest for the Summit

Explore Austin’s most impactful night of philanthropy, featuring a seated dinner, libations, silent and live auctions and stories from our Explorers and Mentors. Gather with new friends, longtime Explore Austin champions, business leaders and philanthropists to transform lives through mentorship and outdoor adventure. Help us make our 15th annual Quest for the Summit the most impactful yet!

Attending? View the event details for information about parking, the dress code, the schedule for the evening and more.

ATX Paddle Dash

Join in on Austin’s newest tradition – The ATX Paddle Dash, a first-of-its-kind kayak and canoe race on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, followed by a festival with kid-friendly interactive activities, giveaways and food and beverages! Race in the Competitive, Open or Kids Division, or purchase General Admission to watch the “Fastest Race in Texas” with festival entrance and open paddle time included. Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the race divisions, and giveaways, interactive activities, food and beverages are included with festival admission!

100% of proceeds benefit Explore Austin.