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 ]



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Jon Snyder Selected as First Outdoor Recreation Economic Policy Advisor to the Governor
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Jon Snyder Selected as First Outdoor Recreation Economic Policy Advisor to the Governor

Washington's First Outdoor Recreation Economic Policy Advisor

In creating this position the Legislature set ambitious goals of fostering economic development and opportunity tied to the outdoors across the state. Jon will be charged with working with communities, stakeholders and legislators to realize those goals.  Matt Steuerwalt, Executive Director of Policy, has asked him to begin with an effort to get to know those who are engaged in this area and to develop a strategy for moving forward.

Please join us in welcoming Jon to the job, and feel free to circulate this announcement to others you know will be interested.

Contact: (360) 902-0488 or Jon.snyder@gov.wa.gov 
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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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