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Partners in the Outdoors
Partners in the Outdoors
Teaching a group of women about turkey hunting

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About 'Partners in the Outdoors' 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) began the Partners in the Outdoors initiative with the goal of bringing diverse outdoor interests together to have a collective impact on promoting responsible recreation, stewardship and conservation leadership in the state of Colorado.

Colorado's Partners in the Outdoors are dedicated to fostering a strong conservation ethic throughout Colorado communities, creating a bond to ensure awareness and respect for natural resources, growth of business and the promotion of responsible outdoor recreation.

Partners in the Outdoors Conference

In February 2012, a wide range of outdoor user groups came together and voiced shared concerns over declining outdoor experiences among hunting and fishing participation, and the nation's youth. The Partners in the Outdoors Conference provides a platform for this group to come together to discuss how their collective impact goes beyond the $34.5 billion dollar financial contribution to the state. We Build Healthy Communities.

Over the last five years the Partners in the Outdoors Conference has emerged and continues to grow. Organizations come together to strengthen commitments across the state to promote stewardship​, enhance partnerships, grow environmental education and network with outdoor recreation industry representatives. 

The conference's growth demonstrates Colorado's Partners in the Outdoors collective determination to promote healthy, active lifestyles and support one another's efforts. Together we make a stronger outdoor community and a healthier Colorado. ​

​​Partners in the Outdoors Network Mapping

View the interactive conference map of all of the people and the resources and skills they have to offer in a ​partnership.​ 

​Read more on the 2015 Annual Partners in the Outdoors​​ Conference​.​​​​​​​​


Program Framework

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 Information

Dan Zimmerer
Statewide Partnership Coordinator
(303) 291-7258