About The Summit

The 2019 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit is a three-day event held at the Dixie Center in beautiful St. George. You’re invited to come and be a part of an important outdoor recreation discussion. You will join local stakeholders, industry professionals and land managers that play a role in Utah’s outdoor recreation community – in the fastest growing county in the U.S.

Network during one of our attendee activities such as a road or mountain bike ride, OHV ride, or a kayaking or paddleboarding at a local reservoir. Get inspired and stay informed about current outdoor recreation issues in one of our five educational tracks. Give back to local recreation areas and meet new people in the industry during a service project. We hope to see you there!

This Year's Summit

This year, the summit will be held October 22nd through the 24th 2019 at the Dixie Center in beautiful St. George.

Dixie Center
1835 S Convention Center Dr, St. George, UT 84790

2019 Presenting Sponsor

Tuesday 10/22

12:00 – 5:00 PM:
Registration Open (Dixie Center)

1:00 – 5:00 PM:
Specialized Workshops (Dixie Center)

1:00 – 5:00 PM:
Recreation Activities (various locations)

5:00 – 6:00 PM:
Break

5:30 – 9:00 PM:
Registration open at Dinner Location

6:30 – 9:00 PM:
Summit Kick-Off Dinner

Wednesday 10/23

7:45 – 2:30 PM:
Booths open

7:45 – 12:00 PM:
Registration open (Dixie Center)

8:00 – 9:00 AM:
Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM:
Morning General Session

10:00 – 11:00 AM:
Breakout Session 1A

11:15 – 12:15 PM:
Breakout Session 1B

12:30 – 2:00 PM:
Lunch General Session + Keynote Speakers

2:3 0- 5:00 PM:
Service Project

5:00 – 6:30 PM:
Break

6:30 – 9:00 PM:
Summit Service Awards Dinner

Thursday 10/24

7:45 – 2:30 PM:
Booths open

7:45 – 12:00 PM:
Registration open (Dixie Center)

8:00 – 9:00 AM:
Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM:
Morning General Session

10:00 – 11:00 AM:
Breakout Session 2A

11:15 – 12:15 PM:
Breakout Session 2B

12:30 – 2:00 PM:
Lunch General Session + Keynote Speakers

2:00 – 2:30 PM:
Gear Opportunity Drawing + Closing

Thank You To Our 2018 Speakers

Tom Adams
Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation   
Gary R. Herbert
Governor of Utah
Spencer Cox
Lt. Governor of Utah
Amanda Covington
Senior Vice President, of Communications & Government Relations, VISTA Outdoor
Florence Williams
Author, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
Rick May
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Department of the Interior
Maria Twitchell
Executive Director, Cedar City Tourism Bureau
Derek Miller
President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber
Phil Sarnoff
Executive Director, Bike Utah
Senator Lincoln Fillmore
Utah State Senator
Erica Tucker
Education Director, Friends of Cedar Mesa
Ryan Starks
Executive Director, Heber Valley Tourism, Economic Development, and Chamber of Commerce
Nan Anderson
Rural Outreach, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Laura Crawford
U.S. Bicycle Route System Coordinator, Adventure Cycling Association
Tom Howells
Associate Director for Industry Accounts, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Patrick Davis
Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency
Marc Berejka
Director, Government & Community Affairs, REI
Jim Sibthorp
Professor, University of Utah
Heidi Goedhart
Active Transportation Planning Manager, Utah Department of Transportation
Aubrey Larsen
Community Development Specialist, Utah Community Development Office
Ben Kieffner
Co-Founder, Wild Tribute
Chris Mehl
Policy Director, Headwaters Economics
Dallen Atack
League Director, Utah High School Cycling League
Tom Stockham
CEO, ExpertVoice
Danya Rumore
Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, University of Utah
Serena Anderson
Executive Director, Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
Tuesday Roby
Store Manager, REI
Megan Porteous
Digital Marketing Manager, Amer Sports (Salomon, Suutno, Atomic)
Sarah Lehman
Former President/CEO ENVE
Bob Ratcliffe
Division Chief, NPS, RTCA
LaJean Lawson
Principal/Owner, Creative Fitness
April Gordon
Public Involvement, Horrocks Engineers
Locke Ettinger, PT, PhD
Vice-Chair, Get Healthy Utah
Eric McCulley
Utah Office Director, RiverRestoration
Stephanee Eastman
Civil Engineer, Horrocks Engineers
Sandi Lampshire
Communications Manager, Horrocks Engineers
Phil Case
Managing Partner, Fluid Advertising
Veronica Villhard
Outdoor Product Design Student, Utah State University
Raelene Davis
VP Marketing & Operations, Ski Utah
Christine Richman, AICP
Director of Planning & Economic Development, GSBS Architects
Ladd Schiess, PA, ASLA, APA
Landscape Architect, GSBS Architects
Andrea Olsen
Assistant Professor - Outdoor Product Design and Development, Utah State University
Jesse Allen, AIA, ASLA
Principal, GSBS Architects
Andrew Deceuster
Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Allie Salter
Director of Product Development, Cotopaxi
Jodi Kaufman
Health & Physical Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Cavett W. Eaton
Instructor, The Salt Lake Center for Science Education
Melanie Webb
PR Manager and Editor of The Outsider, KÜHL
Arianne Gasser
CultureTech Solution Engineer at Energage
Dayton Crites
Cache County Trails and Active Transportation Planner, Cache County
RaLynne Takeda
Assistant Hunter Education Coordinator/Shooting Sports Coordinator, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Constance Beverley
CEO, National Winter Sports Education Foundation
Barry McLerran
Deputy District Director, Congresswoman Mia Love
Jerold G. Oldroyd
Senior Counsel, Ballard Spahr
Michael Flynn
Chief Operating Officer, EDCUtah
Ryan Bronson
Director of Conservation & Policy, Vista Outdoor
Rachel Bremer
Global Travel Trade Manager & Destination Development Manager Utah Office of Tourism
Reid Anderson
Physical Education Teacher, Clayton Middle School Salt Lake City School District
Doug Owens
Politician and Attorney
Celeste Johnson
Mayor, Midway City
Charlie Sturgis
Executive Director, Mountain Trails Foundation
Bob Radke
Trails and Project Development Manager, Snyderville Basin Recreation District
Tara McKee
Program Manager, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Rose Smith
Program Specialist, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Chase Anderson
Program Coordinator, USU
Mark Preiss
Director, Zion National Park Forever Project
Jessica Wahl
Recreation Policy Advisor – Government Affairs, Outdoor Industry Association
Chris Haller
Off Highway Vehicle Program Coordinator and Recreational Trails Program Grant Administrator, Utah Division of Parks and Recreation
Alan Matheson
Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Lori Weigel
Public Opinion Strategies Partner, Public Opinion Strategies
Betsy Byrne
Landscape Architect, National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance
Cory MacNulty
Senior Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association
Lorie Fowlke
District Director, Office of U.S. Congressman John Curtis
Erika Pollard
Senior Program Manager, Youthworks/National Parks Conservation Association
Adam Snow
Southern Utah Director for Representative Chris Stewart, Representing Utah’s 2nd District
Rick Fournier
Field Manager, Mountain Trails Foundation
Senator Jerry Stevenson
Senator, Utah Legislature
Tom Dischmann
Senior Vice President, CBRE
Brandon Stocksdale
Community Planner, National Park Service

Our 2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

For this year’s sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Sarah Kyle
Sponsorship Coordinator
801.204.6834
skyle@utahmediagroup.com

Outdoor Summit Awards

The Office of Outdoor Recreation Summit Award was established to recognize significant contribution to the State of Utah in the following categories on an annual basis.

Nominations:
Do you have an organization you would like to nominate? Awards will be presented at the summit on October 23, 2019. Please submit here.

This award goes to a completed Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant project that created an outstanding amenity for outdoor recreation. This is voted on by the Utah Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee from the previous year’s completed project list.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Salt Lake Climbers Alliance for the Grit Mill Climbing Access Trails in Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon

This award goes to a business or organization that has been innovative, promotes sustainability, works with partners to promote stewardship of land, air, water and wildlife, and educates and empowers the public on the importance of interrelatedness of a healthy environment, outdoor recreation and a vibrant economy.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bike Utah for Youth BEST Program

This award goes to businesses or other organizations focused on giving back to people, humanitarian efforts and doing good in their communities. This award recognizes the impact these businesses/organizations have on their local community, economy, environment, and their employees.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Goal Zero for their humanitarian work providing power, lights and help to those in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Mexico after the hurricanes and natural disasters.

This award is to highlight a local business, organization, community or non-profit, etc. that has had a major and positive economic impact in their community or in the state or Utah through a new outdoor recreation product, event, initiative, etc.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bouldering Festival in Joe’s Valley

This award goes to a business, organization, community or non-profit that has been dedicated to getting children and youth (6-18 years old) outside and active in Utah through outdoor recreation/education or outdoor programming. This award is to embody the spirit of Utah’s Every Kid Outdoor Initiative. This is a new category for 2019!

Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Project of the Year

This award goes to a completed Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant project that created an outstanding amenity for outdoor recreation. This is voted on by the Utah Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee from the previous year’s completed project list.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Salt Lake Climbers Alliance for the Grit Mill Climbing Access Trails in Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon

Office of Outdoor Recreation Stewardship Award

This award goes to a business or organization that has been innovative, promotes sustainability, works with partners to promote stewardship of land, air, water and wildlife, and educates and empowers the public on the importance of interrelatedness of a healthy environment, outdoor recreation and a vibrant economy.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bike Utah for Youth BEST Program

Office of Outdoor Recreation Social Investment Award

This award goes to businesses or other organizations focused on giving back to people, humanitarian efforts and doing good in their communities. This award recognizes the impact these businesses/organizations have on their local community, economy, environment, and their employees.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Goal Zero for their humanitarian work providing power, lights and help to those in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Mexico after the hurricanes and natural disasters.

Office of Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Award

This award is to highlight a local business, organization, community or non-profit, etc. that has had a major and positive economic impact in their community or in the state or Utah through a new outdoor recreation product, event, initiative, etc.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bouldering Festival in Joe’s Valley

Office of Outdoor Recreation Every Kid Outdoors Award

This award goes to a business, organization, community or non-profit that has been dedicated to getting children and youth (6-18 years old) outside and active in Utah through outdoor recreation/education or outdoor programming. This award is to embody the spirit of Utah’s Every Kid Outdoor Initiative. This is a new category for 2019!