Urban American Outdoors TV 25th Anniversary Gala and Conference Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri..

The Workshop held from 9am – 3:30 pm at Loews Kansas City Hotel. Located in the heart of Downtown Kansas City, Loews Kansas City Hotel is home to 800 guestrooms and suites, The Stilwell restaurant, lively lobby bar, Bar Stilwell, Horsefeather Social, open seasonally, indoor lap pool and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which connects directly to the Kansas City Convention Center by a connector bridge. The hotel is also in walking distance to key attractions and other destination landmarks like the Kansas City Power & Light District, T-Mobile Center, KC Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Reception starting at 6pm at Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center. The Negro League Baseball Museum (NLBM) broke ground in early 2006 on a $15 million historical preservation and expansion project to restore the Paseo YMCA and convert the national landmark into the John “Buck” O’Neil Education and Research Center.

A fundraising event for SODAS Life will take place during this event. The proceeds will support our mission to improving the quality of life in our community by connecting the youth to nature. 

Want to support SODAS LIFE INC youth initiative? Click the button below and donate the amount of your choice.


Meet & Greet

Date: Friday, October 13, 2023

Location: 1616 East 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

The Meet & Greet will be at the Negro League Baseball Museum from 5 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy networking with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, advocates, and friends.

We will also air the documentary film, A Legacy Lost and Found: Segregation in Recreation by Dr. Nancy J. Dawson.



*Note: Tentative Itinerary subject to change.

The Urban Outdoor Summit 

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

Location: 1515 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast

9:30 am – Opening Remarks / Welcome

9:45 am – Speaker

10:15 am – Panel

11:30 am – Breakout

12:00 pm – Luncheon with Speaker

1:00 pm – Speaker

2:00 pm – Break (airing documentary short, The Illinois Freedom Project)

2:15 pm – Panel

3:00 pm – Remarks / Wrap Up

*Note: Tentative Itinerary subject to change.


LOCATION:  Buck O’Neil Education & Research Center – 1824 Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64108



Group Event Dates: October 13, 2023, through October 14, 2023

Guest Room Rates: starting at $189 plus tax

Group Block Closes: September 20, 2023

To make your reservation online, please click the “Make A Reservation” button on the top right the Loews Kansas City Hotel booking page. If you would prefer to speak with a Loews Travel Planner, please call (877) 748-1451 and reference group UAOO13

All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. This card will be charged in the event of a cancellation, no-show or deposit when warranted.  Group rates are subject to availability. Hotel cancellation policy requires guests to cancel by 4pm local time 72 hours before arrival to avoid penalty fee of 1 nights’ room and tax.


A short list of confirmed speakers.

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Dr. Nancy J. Dawson

Vice President of the Cherokee State Park; Founder, Russellville Urban Gardening Project
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Jonathan Hall

Chief Financial Officer, Dreamspan
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Elrand Denson

Assistant Director of Lands, Minerals, and Geology Management, USDA Forest Service
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Dr. Mamie Parker

Former Head of Fisheries, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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Tylar Greene

Executive Officer in the Office of the Chief Scientist, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Arthur L. Phalo

National Volunteer Program Manager, USDA Forest Service

National Partners

To become a partner of the Urban Kids Fishing Derby,
please contact Candice Price at 913-334-5177.

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US Fish & Wildlife Service

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US Forest Service

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National Park Service

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