WE BELIEVE
OUTDOOR RECREATION
Matters.
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

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

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#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 ]


 

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Industry.TravelOregon.com Has a New Look

Travel Oregon

Industry.traveloregon.com is your go-to resource for everything from grants to research and marketing opportunities to upcoming events in Oregon’s tourism industry. Thanks to your feedback, it’s now even better. After hearing from the industry last fall, we developed a new site that’s simpler to navigate, offering improved search functionality and a more intuitive layout of pages and content.

Final Budget Includes $85 million for WWRP!

Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program

The final capital construction budget passed last night includes $85 million in funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s largest public funding source for outdoor community projects. This funding will allow over 100 high-priority conservation and recreation projects to move forward. In an incredibly difficult budget year, with many competing priorities, we are grateful the Legislature made the WWRP a priority in this budget.

8:30 a.m. Friday Policy Calls

+1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 219-922-893

The Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition introduces weekly policy calls to help facilitate communication and information about status of bills impacting outdoor recreation in Washington State.  Join us Fridays at 8:30 a.m. for a quick update about bills. Your questions during the call are welcome!  Facilitated by Doug Levy, Outcomes by Levy. Please join my GoToMeeting from your phone. (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 219-922-893

Big Tent Reception

March 14, 2019 - Olympia Yacht Club

Who should attend: Elected officials, legislative and agency staff, opinion leaders, community leaders, the business community and the public with interest in outdoor recreation and raising the profile of the substantial economic, social, and health benefits.  Tickets are complimentary if registered by March 8.  Donations appreciated.

Mind the Skills Gap

Big Tent President, Peter Schrappen, CAE

Malcom Dunston’s handshake is a bone-crusher. The strapping 19-year-old works full-time at CSR Marine in Ballard and has climbed the ranks of the boatyard since he was hired the same day he turned 18. “Last year, I started out and I cleaned boats and took out the trash, and now I paint bottoms of boats,” said Dunston. Proudly wearing his CRS white (okay, white with dirt and stray paint) coverall uniform with his name emblazoned on it, Dunston sat down recently to talk about his background, his current position and his long-term plans. “Some of my friends were in jail for murder, and some were in college playing sports. I’m not sure where I was going to go after high school, but the CSR job meant that I have a way to build upon something I love to do, which is to work with my hands and to hopefully make a lot of money doing it,” he said.

2018: The year outdoors

The Spokesman Review

From mountaintops to kayaks, the Pacific Northwest is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. That bounty means there is no shortage of outdoor stories.This year, those stories ranged from the inspiring to the concerning. Stories published in The Spokesman-Review’s outdoor sections highlighted the brilliance of human adventure and dove into the politics and details of environmental policy, conservation and wildlife management. Below is a recap of some of the year’s most important stories starting with everyone’s favorite subject: recreation.

Big Tent Membership Renewal Invitation

January-December 2019

Hello to all Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition members! Thank you for your participation to-date in the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition! In a short amount of time, your organization has had tremendous results and we are just getting started. As we look ahead to 2019, the Coalition’s priorities are in place and we are ready for the Legislature to get back in session on January 14. You can bet that our board members will be there throughout the intricacies of their budget process, popping our head up from time to time to remind them of our $20 billion sector.

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