Outdoor Recreation Partners

Outdoor Recreation Industry Partners

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) relies on partnerships to help establish and execute a vision for Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry.

Economic development

Confluence of States
The Confluence of States is a bipartisan organization developing a national platform to grow the outdoor recreation industry, protect our nation's wild places, and transform conservation into a driver for economic prosperity.

Colorado Outdoor Partnership
The Colorado Outdoor Partnership​ is a collaborative of leaders across the state of Colorado working to ensure our private and public lands are viable to support our wildlife, outdoor and agricultural heritage, and economic well-being for generations to come.

NoCoPLACES 2050 collaborates to protect and conserve natural and cultural resources in Colorado while providing equitable access and a quality recreation experience for current and future generations.

For the Love Of Colorado
For the Love Of Colorado provides resources and information related to Colorado’s Water Plan. The Colorado Water Plan is a comprehensive approach to solving our water gap. The plan was developed with the input of 30,000 farmers, scientists, and citizens from every corner of the state.

The Wright
The Wright is a community of doers, celebrating independent-minded men and women creating the products and experiences that draw us into the outdoors.

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable is America’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and organizations working to promote the growth of the outdoor recreation economy and outdoor recreation activities.

National Governors Association Outdoor Recreation Learning Network
The National Governors Association Outdoor Recreation Learning Network helps governors and their outdoor recreation staff explore strategies to leverage their unique natural, cultural and historical resources to improve access to and help promote economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Conservation and Stewardship

Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative
The Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative is a new stakeholder-driven collaborative aimed at increasing the resilience of our forests, habitat, communities, recreation opportunities, and water resources across all lands in the Rocky Mountains.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Leave No Trace provides research, education, and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly.


Education and workforce development

The University of Colorado Boulder, Masters of the Environment
The Masters of the Environment Graduate Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is an innovative, interdisciplinary professional master’s degree that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to address the complex environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Western Colorado University, Outdoor Industry MBA
Western’s low-residency two-year program includes an MBA core as well as specialized tracks for either the product or service side of the outdoor recreation industry. The MBA core includes traditional MBA courses with content focusing on the outdoor industry.

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals in non-profit settings. AORE is committed to promoting ecologically sound stewardship of the natural environment and serves as a collective voice for its members regarding topics of regional and national concern.

Trade organizations

Snowsports Industry America
Snowsports Industry America is the winter industry’s non-profit trade association, supporting its members through insightful research, education, and events while advocating for issues that impact the future of the industry.

Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals is the nation’s leading association of outdoor recreation and related professionals who strive to protect our natural and cultural resources while providing sustainable recreation access.

Outdoor Industry Association
The Outdoor Industry Association is a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. In collaboration with our members, we are a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation, and increasing outdoor participation.