About 'Partners in the Outdoors'
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) began the Partners in the Outdoors initiative with the goal of bringing diverse outdoor recreation interests together to have a collective impact on promoting outdoor recreation in the State of Colorado.
In February 2012, a wide range of outdoor user 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.
In February 2014, nearly 200 individuals representing 73 Partner Organizations came together to meet new partners, network and explore new ways to collaborate. CPW plans to grow and enhance this annual conference.
In addition to the annual conference, CPW also offers one Partner Appreciation Event in each of the four CPW Regions annually. The smaller community based partner events offer excellent networking and information sharing opportunities.
The CPW partnership program is being developed with three essential goals in mind:
Be inclusive. Outdoor recreation encompasses a broad range of activities and types of organizations, from nonprofits, businesses, volunteer organizations and educational foundations to nature centers, government, sportsmen’s groups and outdoor foundations.
Serve as a clearinghouse. Collect and share ideas, best practices, evaluation metrics, grants and funding opportunities, training curriculum, upcoming events and resources.
Develop an infrastructure for communication. Through technology, staff contacts or other methods, make it easy for partners to connect and communicate with CPW and with each other.
Contact InformationFor information about the Partners in the Outdoors Program please contact Lauren Truitt at Lauren.Truitt@state.co.us.