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Partners in the Outdoors
Partners in the Outdoors

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. 

2015 marked the 3rd year for the Partners in the Outdoors Conference. This year nearly 270 participants representing over 110 Partner Organizations came together to strengthen commitments across the state to promote stewardship​, enhance partnerships, grow environmental education and network with outdoor recreation industry representatives. 

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

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

For information about the Partners in the Outdoors Program please contact Lauren Truitt at Lauren.Truitt@state.co.us​.