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

View the 2020 Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State for details


#RecreateResponsibly to Protect Yourself, Others, and the Outdoors

During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches. [ LEARN MORE ]



We Represent Outdoor Recreation

State Parks Outdoor Expo

June 27, 2015 - At the Capitol, Olympia WA

Second Annual Get Outdoors Adventure Awaits Expo!  Please Join us June 27 from 11:00am-3:30pm for the 2nd annual Outdoor Expo on the oval lawn at the Capitol in Olympia. Free, family-friendly fun including games, giveaways, outdoor gear demonstrations, mascots, live music, food trucks and more!

Colorado's $4.2 billion outdoor rec industry now has its own office and state director

Denver Business Journal

Colorado now has an office and state director to represent its mulit-billion outdoor and recreation industry.
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Monday that Luis Guillermo Benitez, a former Vail Resorts executive responsible for leadership development programming and curricula, has been appointed as director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. The new office and position that will be housed in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

OIA Rendezvous Experience

October 5-7, 2015 - Westin Seattle, WA

Register by June 30 and be entered to win an Eagle Creek Load Warrior Duffel 22. Rendezvous registration includes: Access to all educational keynotes and breakout sessions, official Rendezvous welcome reception and meals, participation in the Service Project by Timberland and (1) ticket to the Seattle Night Out at the EMP Museum (Experience Music Project).

Big Tent Meeting Reminder

Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Nature Conservancy

We wanted to send a quick reminder about the upcoming membership and board meeting this Monday, June 8th.  Read more for an updated agenda, and original meeting materials. 

ESSB 5843 Signed!

Tolmie State Park

Many of you attended a great event yesterday at Tolmie State Park for the Governor's signing of ESSB 5843 (outdoor recreation sector lead and No Child Left Inside revitalization). Thank you to everyone who could attend and to those who signed the paddles for Senators Ranker and Parlette - they LOVED them! Linked here are the pictures from the event.

Big Tent Coalition Meeting Rescheduled for 6/8/2015

Location: The Nature Conservance

Due to the bill signing (SB 5843 - Great news!) we have cancelled/rescheduled the Big Tent meeting originally scheduled for 5/13.  The meeting is officially rescheduled for Monday June 8, 2015 at the Nature Conservancy in Seattle.  The membership meeting will begin at 10am and followed by the Board meeting around 11:45am. We will provide an updated agenda next week. Thank you so much for your understanding with regards to rescheduling this meeting.