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    Choose Outdoors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All donations will be used to promote outdoor recreation and support for public lands and waters; recreation infra-structure; and programs connecting Americans to the outdoors.

  • About Us

    Choose Outdoors is a non-profit organization located in Denver, Colorado and Washington DC. It was created to help unite the many diverse interests using our public lands with emphasis on promoting and preserving access, use and the future of outdoor recreation on our public lands.

    Mission—Choose Outdoors provides support for our nation's public lands by promoting outdoor recreation and active lifestyles. We do this through:

    • Direct work with agencies and partners to create effective outdoor education, learning, volunteer opportunities, and experiences for people of all ages;
    • Work as an advocate in favor of outdoor recreation and bring together the support of industries associated with the outdoors; and
    • Support for investment in recreation programs and infrastructure to promote active lifestyles.

    2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

    The 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree

    • For the past 50 years, the House of Representatives has celebrated the arrival of the Christmas season with an official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as “the People’s Tree.” Installed in Washington D.C. before Thanksgiving, the tree is a symbol of the season – a time of year that inspires reflection and gratitude; a time that is especially magical for children. Since 1970, the official tree has been presented to the People by the country’s national forests in partnership with their home states, neighboring communities and community partners. For participating states and forests, the opportunity to provide the tree has generated statewide pride, celebration and civic engagement and education.

      Choose Outdoors has been the private sector partner in this great American tradition since 2012, helping to bring the US Capitol Christmas Tree from the White River National Forest in Colorado, the Colville National Forest Washington, the Minnesota, the Chugach National Forest in Alaska and the Payette National Forest in Idaho.

    Finding Better Ways To Fund Fire Suppression

    Jeff Lowe's Metanoia

    News Blog

    Flashback Friday: The Climb

    The familiar sound of the Skype ringtone fills the stillness of the room; a far cry from the sounds of the outdoors that permeates my memory. I click the green answer icon at the bottom of the screen. The screen flickers and eventually lights up. On the other side of the screen are two smiling faces: Connie Self and Jeff Lowe. They introduce themselves, but they don’t need to; I know them as leaders of the outdoor industry, climbers, and pioneers of the field. I gather my notebook – nervous – and let my eyes fall to the first question: What is your earliest memory of the outdoors?

    • Groups rally behind National Forest Systems Trail Stewardship Act

      Monday, March 16, 2015

      Outdoor recreation and conservation groups including the Backcountry Horsemen of America, The Wilderness Society, the American Horse Council, motorized recreation groups, outfitters and guides expressed their support for congressional legislation that would improve access and public safety on national forests and better address the persistent, growing backlog for trail maintenance on public lands.

      Every Kid in a Park

      Together, we can inspire the nation’s next generation of cultural and environmental stewards by instilling them with curiosity about natural wonders, furthering their understanding of historic events, and
      fostering their appreciation for diverse cultural heritage.
      Every Kid in a Park is a movement designed to give every fourth grader the opportunity to experience the living classroom of America’s national parks and historic sites. Between the ages of 9 and 11, kids are most open to learning about the world around them; yet, so many spend more time sitting in front of a screen than exploring environments that foster deeper learning and fulfillment. And most American families live in cities, without access to safe outdoor play areas. Beginning in the 2015 school year, these young Americans are eligible for a pass granting them—and their families—FREE entry to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters.

      Wildfires, Who is to blame?

      Apr 2nd, 2012 by Bruce Ward - Founder, Choose Outdoors

      As I write this, I can still see smoke and flames from my home. My family and I live just southwest of Denver in the "wilderness urban interface". We have lived here for decades because of our love of Colorado's beauty, but now the yearly "fire watch" causes us pause as we hold our breath in the annual exercise hoping the forest around us doesn't turn to smoke. This week's fire - the Lower North Fork – is now approximately 70% contained – another massive catastrophic Colorado wildfire now claiming at least three human lives, plus 27 homes, over 4,200 acres southwest of Denver in this most beautiful "wilderness urban interface".

      Outdoors for All

      Quick — which group of people spends more than most outdoor shoppers on gear?


      Nope, it’s not the Anker family or the Mancusos or the Reese-Hamiltons. It’s Latinos. They dish out $592 per person, per year on outdoor apparel, footwear, electronics and gear, such as parkas, boots, backpacks and GPS devices, compared with the $465 the average outdoor consumer spends, according to OIA ConsumerVue research.


      Working together for the the greatest good

    • Harry Scarborough Joins Choose Outdoors, Inc. as Legal Counsel/Advisory Council Member

      (Denver, CO) January 16, 2015 : Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit focused on "Connecting to our Public Lands through Outdoor Recreation" recently announced the addition of Harry L Scarborough as Legal Counsel and member of its Advisory Council. Mr. Scarborough, is a resident of Denver, Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Alaska and the University of Oregon Law School. He moved to Colorado from Texas where he was recognized eight times as a 'Texas Rising Stars' by Texas Monthly and was featured in H Magazine as one of 'Houston's Top Lawyers' 2010 – 2013

      Outdoor recreation spending near $22 billion annually in Washington state, study says

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