About Partners Outdoors

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park

An all-star panel describes public and private efforts around the Every Kid in a Park Initiative focused on introducing America's 4th graders to their public lands and waters.

Key Accomplishments

Partners Outdoors: A Tradition of Action

The Partners Outdoors program was initiated in 1992 to draw together tomorrow=s leaders from federal recreation-providing agencies and the recreation industry in order to accomplish two goals: (1) to reinforce an awareness of shared customers and interdependence of the public and private sectors and (2) to catalyze partnership-based actions to better serve recreation visitors to public lands. After more than two decades, it is clear that the sessions have achieved both goals. The tangible results of Partners Outdoors are especially heartening. Major actions have occurred as direct outgrowths of Partners Outdoors meetings; dozens of other advances have developed as participants maintained contact long after the formal sessions adjourned.

Background of Partners Outdoors

Partners Outdoors Background

The challenges of properly managing America’s public lands and resources and meeting the nation’s changing recreation needs are immense and require the combined energies and talents of many agencies and organizations. Calls for partnerships and coordination of efforts on these topics have come from Presidential commissions, elected and appointed officials in government, and from corporate leaders. Some progress has resulted. Yet more can and must be done. Together we must respond to changing leisure needs of the public, changes in technology used in the outdoors, and demands for access to a fixed – or even shrinking – land base.

Since 1992, the Recreation Roundtable, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management have co-hosted partnership-building workshops at a special gathering known as Partners Outdoors. Sponsorship has expanded and now includes seven federal agencies as well as a national organization of state park directors. Leaders from the recreation community – both the public and private sectors – have attended Partners Outdoors, participating in candid and intense sessions that have proved successful in increasing the flow of ideas for cooperation between the sectors and have resulted in numerous concrete recommendations for joint actions.