Partners Outdoors 2017 Overview

Partners Outdoors 2017: More Fun Outdoors for Everyone

Partners Outdoors 2017 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 with a special embrace of key outreach efforts, including Every Kid in a Park.

The Washington, D.C., area will once again host the event – but with some interesting new aspects. The program will be a joint undertaking of private sector interests, coordinated through the American Recreation Coalition, federal agencies coordinated through the Federal Recreation Council, state park agencies coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors – and will also involve a new partner: SHIFT.

The 2017 Partners Outdoors program will take place on May 31 and June 1 and will have two distinct parts:

RECx: Great Ideas for the Great Outdoors, a showcase for great ideas about outdoor recreation presented in brief TED-like talks. The presentations should focus on pitching a new idea or telling a success story that demonstrates how outdoor recreation experiences, opportunities and resources can be enhanced. Examples of the many possible presentation topics to consider include, but are not limited to: making experiences in the great outdoors both memorable and enjoyable, especially for children; reaching and hosting diverse audiences; partnering with community groups; accommodating new forms of recreation; utilizing technology to enhance experiences and services; etc.

The second day, Thursday, June 1, will be the Annual Outdoor Recreation Summit. During a series of presentations and discussions, leaders of the new Administration and Congress, recreation and tourism industry executives and key state and community figures will highlight societal needs and Great Outdoors initiatives to participants in Washington and around the nation via livestreaming. The summit will focus on building and sustaining effective public-private partnerships to strengthen the voice of outdoor recreation, expand and enhance outdoor recreation experiences, and welcome the public to the great outdoors.

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.