Advancing the outdoor economy and workforce, conservation and wellness

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About the Network

The NGA 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.

Through peer-to-peer exchanges, research and dialogue, the network highlights how states can best advance outdoor recreation and explore issues related to conservation, stewardship, education, workforce training, economic development, infrastructure, equity, inclusion, public health and wellness.

Outdoor Recreation Learning Network – Annual Meeting 2021

The annual meeting discussed how states can advance outdoor recreation issues including economic recovery from COVID-19, developing partnerships to leverage limited public dollars, accessing federal economic development grants, promoting equal access to nature, and using data to support public investments.

State Outdoor Recreation Learning Network

  • States in the Learning Network
  • States in the Learning Network with an Office
  • States in the Learning Network with an Office and Confluence Signatory
  • * Maryland has a governor-established task force
  • The Confluence Signatories are states who have committed to the pillars and principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords. See links and details below.
  • 25 ORLN Members States
  • 17 Offices or Task Forces for Outdoor Recreation
  • 13 Signers to the Confluence Accords

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Gallery: Network Launch and Utah Summit

Confluence Of States

Launched in 2018 by a bipartisan group of eight trailblazing states, the Confluence of States was established in recognition of the impact and importance of the outdoor recreation industry and to provide a central point of contact for the diverse businesses, communities and individual constituents that rely on the continued health of our nation’s outdoor recreation industry. The Confluence of States promotes and advances four pillars and 12 common principles of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords which represent a best practice for all states to consider.

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The NGA Outdoor Recreation Learning Network is supported by the following partners: