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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 ]


 

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We Represent Outdoor Recreation

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.

Outdoor Recreation Caucus Insights

There were several Big Tent Board members at the event including Ted Jackson, Reco Bembry, Rob Sendak, Conor Marshall, (and ex-officio members) Andrea Martin, Brock Milliern, Owen Rowe and Joel Sisolak. We felt this was very productive time and value the opportunity to convene to learn about the challenges and opportunities ahead for outdoor recreation and equity.

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.

A Costume Climbing Tradition: Anywhere, Anytime

The Mountaineers

In this feature from Mountaineer magazine, read about the Mother's Day tradition, taking fabulously-dressed climbers to summits around the PNW. One of the Pacific Northwest’s grand traditions - a right of passage for many aspiring mountaineers - is climbing Mt. St. Helens, in a dress, on Mother’s Day. Inspired by the famous 1987 red dress of Kathy Phibbs, photographed and featured on the cover of the Seattle Times, thousands of aspiring summiteers flock to the flanks of Helens each May, donning their Sunday best. But as the tradition has grown and permits have become more restricted, many are taking their dress-game elsewhere.

 

Visit ORR’s Workforce Hub

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Association

The outdoor recreation industry is a growth industry that provides 5 million good jobs across the United States. Outdoor recreation jobs sustain economies, increase rural prosperity, improve public health outcomes, and promote environmental stewardship and conservation. Through various initiatives, ORR is working to help industry leaders, policymakers, and prospective workers understand how these jobs provide outstanding quality of life, support conservation goals, strengthen local economies, and connect Americans to the great outdoors. Visit ORR’s Workforce Hub and check out some of the other resources created to support and sustain the outdoor workforce.

Visit ORR’s Workforce Hub

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Association

The outdoor recreation industry is a growth industry that provides 5 million good jobs across the United States. Outdoor recreation jobs sustain economies, increase rural prosperity, improve public health outcomes, and promote environmental stewardship and conservation. Through various initiatives, ORR is working to help industry leaders, policymakers, and prospective workers understand how these jobs provide outstanding quality of life, support conservation goals, strengthen local economies, and connect Americans to the great outdoors. Visit ORR’s Workforce Hub and check out some of the other resources created to support and sustain the outdoor workforce.

We Are ONE

June 25-28 at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, Georgia

We Are ONE is a national gathering of environmentalists of color, June 25-28 at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta, Georgia. We are honored to invite you to join us - a community of new and familiar voices - to nurture our communities, activate coordinated action, and mobilize our collective commitment to environmental justice and equity. It takes all of us to meet this moment in history. PGM ONE, Justice Outside, and Next 100 Coalition communities, we’re here to create a space to bring our whole, complex, intersectional selves to heal, connect, ideate, and build a framework for endurant collaboration among Indigenous, Black, and Brown environmental leaders and efforts nationally.

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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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