Partners Outdoors 2018

Partners Outdoors 2018
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Partners Outdoors 2018 will bring partners from the public and private sectors together to unify and focus recreation community efforts on core issues and showcase innovation in thinking and action. Brainstorming, visioning and action will be expected of all participants, and the program will celebrate the start of Great Outdoors Month. The Washington, D.C., area will once again host the event. The program will be a joint undertaking of private sector interests, coordinated through the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, federal agencies coordinated through the Federal Recreation Council, and state park agencies coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors.

The 2018 Partners Outdoors program will take place on May 30 and May 31 and will have two distinct parts:

RECx: Great Ideas for the Great Outdoors, will be a showcase for great ideas about outdoor recreation presented in brief TED-like talks on Wednesday, May 30. The presentations will focus on pitching a new idea or telling a success story that demonstrates how outdoor recreation experiences, opportunities and resources can be improved. Presentation topics will include: innovative partnerships and programs; enhancing visitor experiences; engaging people – especially children – in the Great Outdoors; and using technology to create and protect recreation resources.

Q: Where and when is RECx?

A: RECx will be May 30, in the U.S. Department of the Interior Main Auditorium, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20240. Opening remarks will start at 9am.

Q: Do I have to register ahead of time to attend RECx?

A: No, you do not HAVE to register - just come to the Department of the Interior Main Auditorium May 30. However, registration gets you coffee and food in the morning, lunch in the afternoon and admittance to the Great Outdoors Month Reception following RECx. Registration is necessary to attend Day 2.

Q: What if I can't make it Washington, D.C.?

A:You can watch RECx 2018 live at

The second day, Thursday, May 31, will be the Annual Outdoor Recreation Leadership Summit. During a series of presentations and discussions, leaders of the new Administration, recreation and tourism industry executives and key federal and state agency representatives will look at the future of outdoor recreation, focusing on the short-term and long-term implications of developments affecting people, places, products, programs, partnerships and politics.

The Partners Outdoors program will also include the presentation of the Legends and Beacon Awards for outstanding service to the recreation community by an amazing cast of federal employees and partners.