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.

REGISTER

PROTECT

Preserve and strategically protect Colorado’s most threatened landscapes, waterways and urban open spaces.

CONNECT

Connect people to the outdoors – from the backyard to the backcountry – and connect trails, parks and open spaces.

INSPIRE

Motivate Coloradans, our youth in particular, to experience the great outdoors and take care of this priceless legacy.

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John Hickenlooper

Colorado Governor

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Ken Salazar

Former U.S. Interior Secretary

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Gabe Klein

Transportation and technology visionary

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Juan D. Martinez

Children and Nature Network

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Scott Sampson

PBS host & Denver Museum of Nature and Science

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Heather Tallis

The Nature Conservancy

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