The Umbrella Organization for the voice of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State.

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

What we do:  The Big Tent advocates for sustainable state funding for recreation and conservation lands as well as sustainable and equitable development and human interaction with those lands.

Vision:  The Big Tent envisions a Washington where elected leaders, businesses, nonprofits, and residents are working together to create a more inclusive and equitable outdoor experience for all. We want to find ways to use outdoor recreation to fuel economic activity and sustain healthy outcomes in our communities.

#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


The Mountaineers

We are excited to share our new Emotional Safety in the Outdoors eLearning course. One of the unwritten core values at The Mountaineers is safety, and this new course highlights the connections between emotional safety and physically safe outcomes. It's designed to help leaders and instructors foster environments where all people feel belonging.


Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Releases 2022 Annual Report

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) is the leading business coalition advancing a sustainable and growing outdoor recreation economy for the benefit of all Americans. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, outdoor recreation's annual economic impact is $862 billion nationall and accounts for 1.9% of U.S. GDP, and $12.3.billion for outdoor recreation in Washington State. Outdoor recreation accounts for 114,000 jobs in Washington, which is 3.2% of all employees in Washington State. Top industries include boating/fishing, RVing, snowactivities, motorcycling/ATVing, climbing, hiking, tent camping.

Get Involved / WWRC Fall Celebration: Connect Outdoors

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition (WWRC) annual Fall Celebration! This year’s theme is Connect Outdoors. Join WWRC at Meadowbrook Farm in North Bend, WA on Sunday, September 18; 12-2pm for lunch, drinks, and a celebration of how the outdoors connects us all here in Washington. More information and ticket information CLICK HERE

Welcome to Salmon Homecoming

This marks our 30th Anniversary of sharing the importance of protecting salmon and the environment – “30 Years of Telling Our Story”. September 17, 2022 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the new location on Pier 62. Salmon Homecoming is all about the people of the Pacific Northwest, whoever you are and whatever you do. That means we’re here for you because your health, spirit and even your sustainable economy are most certainly about the salmon.

Evo Hotel, First of Its Kind, Opens in Salt Lake City

Outside Business Journal

If you know evo as a first stop for skis, boots, and accessories shopping, you’ll probably be surprised to learn that the retailer also wants to be involved in your travel planning. The Seattle-based gear company opened its first evo-branded hotel earlier this year in Salt Lake City on the outdoors-themed Campus Salt Lake development. Will there be more evo Hotel locations in the future? You can count on it. The company is already at work on Campus Seattle, aiming to bring a combination of retail, dining, and action sports to the city’s Fremont neighborhood.

The Great Outdoors Belongs to Everyone

The Seattle Times, (photo credits courtesy of José Reyes/Seattle Latino Hiking)

Cristina García didn’t grow up hiking or camping in her native Mexico, where the kind of robust public parks system that many Americans take for granted doesn’t exist. But once the co-founder of Seattle Latino Hiking spent time in nature, she knew there was no going back indoors. “When you’re up on the mountain you free yourself from stress, from worries. You even forget you have a ton of bills,” she laughed. “Taking a deep breath, looking at the beautiful scenery, there’s a feeling of accomplishment making it out there. Local groups such as Seattle Latino Hiking, Black People Hike and Outdoor Asian Washington are encouraging people of color to hit the trails, but they remain outliers.


Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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