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The mission  of the Big Tent  is to promote sustainable, diverse, equitable, and inclusive outdoor experiences in Washington state through advocacy and education.

#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

Black Developers PNW Conference

Hosted at Evergreen College Tacoma

Mark your calendars for the 1st Black Developers PNW Conference happening August 8th & 9th at Evergreen College Tacoma!
This groundbreaking event is designed to empower and connect black developers from across the Pacific Northwest. Expect:

  • Meaningful discussions on critical topics within the tech industry.

  • Actionable plans to strengthen and uplift the Black developer community.

  • Opportunities to network with peers and industry leaders.

Burien Solar Punk Festival 2024

Seeking Vendors

Key Tech Labs is excited to announce the third edition of the Burien Solar Punk Festival. This event celebrates culture, technology, and sustainability, showcasing the best of Burien. It will feature business expos, job fairs, and entertainment, all focused on business, arts, and culture.

Key Tech Labs is seeking vendors who align with the festival’s themes of community, technology, and environment. Local, sustainable companies or BIPOC-led businesses are especially welcome to join the Pop-up Farmers Market.

The Solar Punk Festival envisions a future where sustainability, community, and technology coexist. Vendors who share this vision are encouraged to sign up and be part of this innovative event.

For more information and to sign up as a vendor, please fill out the Vendor Sign-up Form. Key Tech Labs looks forward to seeing everyone at the festival.

ORR Released New Recreation Funding Report

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) released a groundbreaking report, "Recreation Funding in America: Current Results and Future Insights.” This comprehensive study, conducted by Southwick Associates, Inc. on behalf of ORR, aggregated and analyzed current federal funding streams for outdoor recreation and identified potential future threats to these funding sources. These threats include changing energy demands, evolving participation, inflation, weather events and climate change, and stagnant appropriation trends.

Out & Back with Alison Mariella Désir

The Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle

Today, Alison had the pleasure of meeting Geordan Newbill, president of the Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle, and taking her first horseback riding lesson with Jerome Young, a Black rancher and owner of Legends Ranch. During her visit, Alison discovered the often-overlooked history of Black riders and learned how the Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle are inspiring the next generation of riders.

Two New Grant Opportunities

Together Outdoors

Together Outdoors (TO) announces two new grant opportunities for fostering inclusivity and diversity in outdoor recreation:

  1. Inclusive Micro-Grant Program: Aimed at supporting small and rural grassroots organizations, this initiative seeks to enhance their capacity in creating a more inclusive outdoor recreation environment. Thanks to foundational support from THOR Industries, TO welcomes contributions from the outdoor recreation community for future grant rounds.

  2. Outdoor Pathway Scholarship: In collaboration with the Outdoor Diversity Alliance, TO has launched a program to connect students from underrepresented communities to outdoor and environmental professions. Recipients will receive $5000 in scholarship funding over two years, mentorship, and assistance with job placement in the outdoor industry or environmental field.

Don't miss out on these incredible opportunities!

2024 Refuge Outdoor Festival

Golden Bricks Events

Get ready for the outdoor experience of the summer at Refuge Fest 2024, where adventure, nature, inclusivity and good vibes collide!

Take advantage of the opportunity to secure exclusive Early Bird tickets for Refuge Fest, the 7th annual outdoor festival held at Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground from August 16-18. As a gesture of gratitude to their valued newsletter subscribers, the organizers are extending a special offer of Early Bird tickets priced at just $95. Individuals are encouraged to reserve their spot promptly to become integral members of a movement that champions inclusivity, community spirit, and a deep connection with nature.

Join Refuge Fest 2024 now to enjoy the amazing mix of community and nature. Your presence will help make outdoor adventures better for everyone.


Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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