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Colorado Parks and Wildlife to host 2-day outdoor recreation conference in Keystone

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Online registration opened Monday, Jan. 5, for the annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference at Keystone Resort Conference Center.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the two-day event May 7 and 8 at 0633 Tennis Club Road in Keystone, and the theme this year is Building Healthy Communities.

The conference brings together stakeholders in Colorado's future outdoor and recreational opportunities. Attendees are dedicated to fostering a strong conservation ethic throughout Colorado communities and creating bonds that ensure awareness and respect for the state's natural resources and outdoor recreation.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife began the Partners in the Outdoors initiative to bring together diverse interests to promote outdoor recreation in Colorado.

ADDRESSING DECLINES

In February 2012, outdoor groups came together at CPW's first Partners in the Outdoors conference and voiced shared concerns over declining outdoor experiences among the nation's youths as well as declining hunting and fishing participation. Last February, nearly 200 people representing 73 organizations came together to meet new partners and explore ways to collaborate.

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The 2015 session format will include panel discussions, hands-on workshops and presentations​ designed to foster thought, conversation and action. Example topics include harnessing the power of volunteers, grant writing and outdoor education in schools.

Some of the organizations instrumental in planning the gathering include Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, Colorado Clays, Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, Colorado Scenic Byways, Great Outdoors Colorado, Lakewood Regional Parks, Metro Denver Pheasants Forever and the U.S. Forest Service.

Conference attendees can apply for grant funding presented by Colorado Parks and Recreation Association. The grants will be distributed to outdoors-related projects designed to improve habitat, communities or get more people outside and active.

For more information, contact CPW ​partnership coordinator Lauren ​Truitt at (303) 291-7252 or Lauren.Truitt@state.co.us.

TO REGISTER

Early registration for the May 7 and 8 conference in Keystone costs $100 or $50 for the banquet only. After April 20, registration fees will rise to $125 or $75 for just the banquet.

To register, visit cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Partners-Conference.aspx.