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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We Represent Outdoor Recreation

Economic and Health Benefits of Walking, Hiking, and Bicycling on Recreational Trails in Washington State

WA State Recreation & Conservation Office

Every county in Washington State benefits from walkers, runners, bikers, and backpackers using our beautiful trail systems. Ninety percent of Washington residents participate in non-motorized recreation annually. These two companion studies look at the economic, environmental, social, and health benefits of trails. Learn more

A Message From the Board President

Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition News

Did you know that the outdoor recreation economy is larger than agricultural economy in the United States? It’s true. Just as importantly, outdoor recreation provides countless health, environmental and society benefits that are not as easy to measure. But wait, it gets better. As you know, the outdoor recreation voice is not a lone one in the woods. Thanks to a core group of volunteers with a shared vision and the support of REI, the collective outdoor recreation advocates are organized under the formal IRS structure and ar  shouting from the rooftops that outdoor fun is good for the mind, body, soul and wallet for the Evergreen State. Please take a look at this newsletter and think about getting more involved. (By “getting more involved”, I mean anything from writing a letter to the editor on behalf of the outdoors, to joining us for our advocacy day to something creative that’s on your mind. The skies the limit).

Outdoor-recreation fans are joining together to flex lobbying muscle

By Jason Blevins, Special to The Washington Post

The inherent risks of navigating wild landscapes — trying to traverse avalanche terrain in the mountains, for instance — can be reduced when a group of adventurers works together to solve the problem. It’s an increasingly popular tactic used to hone backcountry decision-making in dicey situations: Come together, listen to every voice and find a solution that works for everyone. The all-together concept aids outdoor explorers on the micro level, but it appears to also be emerging on a macro level, with the outdoor recreation industry asserting newfound power as an economic, political and cultural force. It helps that outdoor recreation — including hiking, camping, hunting, boating and climbing — has considerable industrial clout, accounting for $427.2 billion, or 2.2%, of U.S. gross domestic product in 2017.

2020 Legislative Session Preparation - Call For Legislative Proposals

LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT REQUEST FORM

The Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition will take a position of support for legislative policy or funding proposals when there is consensus at the board level that the priority aligns with the mission and strategic goals of the Big Tent Coalition. The Coalition does not endorse candidates for elected or appointed office. To request an endorsement or action from the Big Tent on a relevant public policy issue, please submit the online form with any relevant attachments.

Recreational Assets of Statewide Significance Study

RCO

RCO conducted a study of recreational assets of statewide significance. These are outdoor places that make Washington a great place to live. They include local facilities that support the most popular forms of recreation in our state as well as marque, popular, and destination sites that have a regional or statewide draw. This study identifies these assets, where gaps may exist, and recommendations and investment strategies to fill these gaps. The study also forecasts needs through 2040 and how this study will implement the goals of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation PlanREAD THE STUDY of assets of statewide significance and VIEW MAPS of the foundational assets.

2019 NORTHWEST NATURE AND HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

This annual one-day symposium, held in the fall, brings together professionals and community leaders in the fields of health, conservation, design and planning, and education to learn from each other and explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wildlands.

2019 Doug Walker Lecture with J. Drew Lanham, PhD

Why I Write for Birds — The convergence of art, science and culture in making conservation more inclusive

Join University of Washington’s EarthLab and the College of the Environment for an evening with our 2019 Doug Walker Lecturer, J. Drew Lanham, PhD. In this lecture, Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. 

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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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