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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The Outdoor Industry Is About to Become a Serious Political Force

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Outdoor recreation is an economic colossus: its reach is massive, its wealth enormous, and its influence continues to grow as more boots hit the ground. You can see it in Joshua Tree’s crowded campgrounds or in Mount Tam’s trailhead parking lots; in the Appalachian Trail’s thru-hiking numbers or in REI’s record sales. Americans are heading outdoors in huge numbers and paying handsomely for the privilege. But how much, precisely? For years the industry’s contribution to the nation’s economy was as much guesswork as fact.

Support for $2 Million Budget Request for No Child Left Inside Grant Program

Islandwood letter to Governor Inslee

Thank you for your strong support of the No Child Left Inside grant program, which is helping young people from 11 districts (2,5,7,10,12,13,14,20,35,39,42) across the state participate in outdoor education and recreation programs this year.  We appreciate all of your efforts to help young people connect with the natural world. (View entire letter)

Making the Case for the Value of Getting People Outdoors

November 22, 2016

On November 22, a group of outdoor recreation advocates got the chance to meet with Governor Jay Inslee to reinforce important messages about the importance of policies and investment focused on the great outdoors.  Here’s a photo of the group, which included Big Tent President Marc Berejka and the Governor’s outdoor recreation policy adviser Jon Snyder (far left and second from far left), as well as Big Tent Board Member Katherine Hollis of the Mountaineers (fourth from left).”

Sales of Discover Pass Increasing, Funding Still Short

Heraldnet, Everett WA

OLYMPIA — Discover Pass sales are on the rise as residents and tourists grow accustomed to paying a fee to visit state parks and recreation lands. But it is unlikely the program will ever generate enough money to cover the full cost of operating Washington’s public parks system as lawmakers envisioned when they created the user fee program in 2011.
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