Parks and Wildlife hosts outdoor recreation seminar in Keystone
This week in Keystone, river rafting guides, hunters, anglers, horseback riders, environmental educators, agrotourism representatives and government agencies will come together to talk about how to improve outdoor recreation in Colorado.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the third Partners in the Outdoors conference May 7 and 8 at 0633 Tennis Club Road, 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 the state’s communities and creating bonds that ensure awareness and respect for natural resources and outdoor recreation.
Parks and Wildlife began the Partners in the Outdoors initiative to bring together diverse interests to promote outdoor recreation.
CPW partnership coordinator Lauren Truitt said the conference will focus on economic impact, job stability, tourism and how the outdoor industry can move efficiently in one direction.
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 youth as well as declining hunting and fishing participation.
Last February, 178 people representing roughly 75 organizations came together to meet new partners and explore ways to collaborate.
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.
The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center will participate, and internship program coordinator Hannah Lang will present about how other organizations can make outdoor activities more accessible for people with disabilities.
Some other organizations involved 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, the U.S. Forest Service.
Truitt said registration for the 2015 conference is closed, and she expects 275 people will attend representing at least 110 organizations.
The 2016 conference will be held around the same time of year, she said, and CPW is working to include the skiing and biking industries.
For more information, contact CPW statewide partnership coordinator Lauren Truitt at (303) 291-7252 or Lauren.Truitt@state.co.us.
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