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 outdoor network represents a $34.5 billion dollar industry. The Partners in the Outdoors Conference provides a platform for this group to come together to discuss how their collective impact goes beyond just this financial contribution to the state. We Build Healthy Communities.
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 the nation’s youth as well as declining hunting and fishing participation.
Over the last four 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 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.
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.