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. The Big Tent engages Washington leaders to view outdoor recreation as a sector, one which has catalyzed the economy in every nook and cranny of the state while contributing to active and healthy living choices for our citizens.

#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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2022 National Trails Day® Community Grant Application Now Open

American Hiking

American Hiking, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, is proud to announce the first-of-its-kind National Trails Day® Community Grant. The grant is designed to reduce barriers for underrepresented communities to organize meaningful events in celebration of the 30th annual American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on June 4, 2022.

Seattle Kraken embrace Indigenous traditions, elevate Native voices

The Oregonian \ By Chris Aadland, Underscore.news and Indian Country Today

While other NHL franchises are also attempting to engage with Native American fans and tribal communities — including the dedication of game nights to Indigenous people — the Kraken have been taking more concrete steps toward engaging with the region’s tribal leaders and others in Indian Country to make them feel like they’re part of the team’s community and to amplify the voices of Indigenous people.

4th Annual Outdoor Economy Conference

Cherokee, NC April 4-7, 2022

The Outdoor Economy Conference connects, educates, and inspires leaders and doers working to grow the outdoor industry and craft an economy that’s intimately tied to the well-being of their places and communities. Outdoor CEOs, conservation leaders, federal agencies, local officials, state parks to local parks, economic developers to land managers… the Outdoor Economy Conference brings everyone to the table to focus on what matters.

Washington State Parks: Memories, experiences, and expectations survey

Washington State Parks

This year, Washington State Parks staff are taking a closer look at how the stories we tell, services we provide and visuals we use represent our values to the communities we serve. We’re committed to protecting our most treasured lands, providing memorable experiences and connecting people with the diverse natural and cultural heritage of our state. We want to make sure our outreach work is truly aligning with our mission. We’ve created a survey where folks can share their personal memories, opinions and stories related to Washington State Parks. Survey closes February 15, 2022. Learn more

Washington Rocks: New DNR Geotourism Website Helps People Explore State’s Geology

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

From its craggy coastlines to its icy volcanic peaks, Washington is home to some of the world’s most stunning geology. This new website by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helps connect people to the state’s rich and diverse geologic history. See press release

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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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