WE BELIEVE
OUTDOOR RECREATION
Matters.
WELCOME TO THE BIG TENT
The Umbrella Organization for the voice of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State.
WELCOME TO THE BIG TENT
The Umbrella Organization for the voice of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State.

The power of the Big Tent  lies not with any individual or with any shiny advertising or marketing campaigns, but with the combined weight of dozens of organizations and agencies who believe in the collective value of outdoor recreation.

Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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We Represent Outdoor Recreation

The power of the Big Tent lies not with any individual or with any shiny advertising or marketing campaigns, but with the combined weight of dozens of organizations and agencies who believe in the collective value of outdoor recreation.

We are an organic group, with no Executive Director.  We come together periodically, meet on an as-needed basis, and gather each year in Olympia to show policy-makers and opinion leaders that outdoor recreation is a critical sector in Washington, one that brings jobs, revenue, active and healthy living, and tourism to a state blessed with mind-numbing natural beauty.  
 
On this website you will find a statement about who we are and how we came to be; a listing of our current members; contacts; information about how you can join us; meeting announcements; links to press releases and topical articles; and of course some background pictures of the outdoors.
 
We hope you find this site helpful, and that you won’t hesitate to tell us how we can add to it and improve.  It belongs to all of us who marvel at the stunning natural resources which make Washington a special place in which to live, work, and play.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Is time in nature really good for our health? REI is paying to find out.

The Seattle Times

Here in the Pacific Northwest, people enjoy almost-effortless access to the natural outdoor world. We are surrounded by water, mountains and forests that invite us to destress the body, unwind the mind and recharge the emotional batteries. But precisely how and why do outdoor forays benefit human health? Outdoor outfitter REI is trying to find out. And the answer might involve smartphones. REI Co-op has donated a $150,000 gift toward a long-term national study exploring the physical, mental and emotional benefits of spending time outdoors. The study will be conducted by researchers at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Recreational Assets of Statewide Significance Study

RCO

RCO conducted a study of recreational assets of statewide significance. These are outdoor places that make Washington a great place to live. They include local facilities that support the most popular forms of recreation in our state as well as marque, popular, and destination sites that have a regional or statewide draw. This study identifies these assets, where gaps may exist, and recommendations and investment strategies to fill these gaps. The study also forecasts needs through 2040 and how this study will implement the goals of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation PlanREAD THE STUDY of assets of statewide significance and VIEW MAPS of the foundational assets.

2019 NORTHWEST NATURE AND HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

This annual one-day symposium, held in the fall, brings together professionals and community leaders in the fields of health, conservation, design and planning, and education to learn from each other and explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wildlands.

2019 Doug Walker Lecture with J. Drew Lanham, PhD

Why I Write for Birds — The convergence of art, science and culture in making conservation more inclusive

Join University of Washington’s EarthLab and the College of the Environment for an evening with our 2019 Doug Walker Lecturer, J. Drew Lanham, PhD. In this lecture, Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. 

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