Partners Outdoors 2016

A full meeting overview can be found here
A draft meeting schedule can be found here

Planning for Partners Outdoors 2016 is in full swing. This year’s gathering – taking place June 1 and 2 – will reaffirm the recreation community’s continuing commitment to provide the public with exceptional outdoor recreation experiences today and tomorrow.

2016 will feature a new format, with two full days of discussion centered on new and innovative ideas for connecting people with their Great Outdoors. Leading members of the outdoor recreation community — public and private sector alike — as well as allied groups from the healthcare and travel/tourism communities will come together to explore future needs and opportunities as we move into a new Presidential administration. Click here to learn more about Partners Outdoors' tradition of action.

Day One will feature a series of brief, TED-like talks. This format — dubbed “RECx” — will serve as a showcase for great ideas about outdoor recreation, and will include broad participation by diverse groups. Presentations will be livestreamed as well as integrated into social media channels of participating organizations.

  • Guidelines for RECx presentation submissions can be found here.
  • The RECx Submission Form is available here.
  • Guidelines for the Great Outdoors Month Video Competition can be found here.
  • Day Two — the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Summit — will feature leading members of the Administration celebrating successful programs (Find Your Park, America’s Great Outdoors, Every Kid in a Park, Let’s Move! Outside and more). The Summit will focus on a strategic plan for building on those successes and positioning recreation for continued progress in 2017 and beyond.

    Partners Outdoors 2016 will also feature the presentation of the American Recreation Coalition’s Legends and Beacon Awards. The Legends Awards recognize extraordinary individual efforts from each major recreation-related agency that have expanded and enhanced recreational opportunities, connecting people – especially children – and the outdoors, through public/private partnerships, or have increased participation in outdoor recreation and links to the outdoors through innovative programs based upon public/private partnerships. The Beacon Awards recognize experimentation with and use of new technologies and alternative communications channels to enhance the experiences of visitors, especially young people and “non-traditional” visitors, and improve recreation program management.

    The registration form for Partners Outdoors 2016 can be found here

    A draft agenda can be found here