We are reaching a tipping point. While Colorado has made progress in conserving land and rivers and enhancing outdoor recreation, there is still work to be done, and there is a new problem to address:
Kids today spend half as much time outdoors as their parents did. Colorado may boast the nation’s healthiest adult population, but its youth obesity rate is rising rapidly. Barriers like time, transportation, money, access, and lack of interest and understanding about outdoor experiences keep kids from getting outside and developing the lifelong passion for the great outdoors that is vital for the well being of Colorado citizens, our wildlife and our way of life.
Colorado’s next generation also will live in a state with up to three million more residents, meaning ever-expanding urban areas and increasing pressure on our parks, rivers, trails, open spaces and wildlife habitat.
Sponsored by Governor Hickenlooper, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and Great Outdoors Colorado, The Outdoors Summit is an unprecedented gathering of national and state leaders, advocates and visionaries to launch new initiatives to protect, preserve and enhance Colorado’s great outdoors, and to close the widening gap between our youth and nature that threatens their future and the future of Colorado’s way of life and outdoor brand.
Preserve and strategically protect Colorado’s most threatened landscapes, waterways and urban open spaces.
Connect people to the outdoors – from the backyard to the backcountry – and connect trails, parks and open spaces.
Motivate Coloradans, our youth in particular, to experience the great outdoors and take care of this priceless legacy.
Former U.S. Interior Secretary
Transportation and technology visionary
Juan D. Martinez
Children and Nature Network
PBS host & Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The Nature Conservancy