WASHINGTON — Great Outdoors Month will officially kick off with a Partners Outdoors 2016 meeting in Washington, D.C., June 1 and 2, the American Recreation Coalition announced today.
To register, visit www.funoutdoors.com/PO2016.
“Partners Outdoors 2016 will feature 12 short presentations certain to stimulate conversations and action among senior national leaders who just happen to share a passion for the Great Outdoors,” said Derrick Crandall, executive director.
First day presentations include:
- The Outdoor Recreation Industry Will Save the World;
- Weaving Outdoor Play Into Every Day Life;
- Urban Off Highway Vehicle Parks; and
- How Do We Integrate Tech in Outdoor Recreation?
Day two will focus on sustaining the best of the new outdoor recreation initiatives during wholesale changes in Washington next January, and how to get new national leaders to boost outdoor programs by focusing on new economic, health, education opportunities.
Helping to organize facts and ideas into a convincing case will be more than a dozen well-regarded policy pros, including:
- Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
- Mark Begich, former U.S. senator and former chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee
- Blanche Lincoln, former U.S. Senator and former chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
- Tom Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service
- Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon and chair of the U.S. Travel Association
- Tom Kiernan, CEO of American Wind Energy Association, and former CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association
- Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and co-chair of the Recreation Industry Associations Council
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, said Crandall.
“It’s about 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 those partnerships,” he explained.
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.
To view a draft agenda, click here.
SOURCE: American Recreation Coalition press release