IN-PERSON AUGUST 26th @ Utah Valley Convention CenterOnline August 26th & Beyond

About The 2020 Outdoor Summit

We’re excited to announce that the 2020 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit will be a hybrid event, with both in-person and virtual experiences!

Normally a three-day event, the 2020 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit will be a one-day event held at the Utah Valley Convention Center. We want everyone to experience the Summit however it works best and safest for you. The coolest part of offering virtual options? We’re going to be able to expand our content and offer more of the amazing speakers and information you’ve come to expect from the Outdoor Recreation Summit! Plus, we can reach more people and share the outdoor recreation message farther. To that end, our virtual participants will have opportunities to enjoy the entire Summit or select specific sessions to watch.

Get inspired and stay informed about current outdoor recreation issues in one of our five educational tracks. Give back to your local recreation areas during pre-Summit service projects. Participate in outdoor contests on your own and track your data for the chance to win prizes. We hope to see you there or join us live online!


Utah Valley Convention Center

The Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit moves locations every year to showcase the beauty of the entire State! The 2020 in-person Summit venue is the gorgeous Utah Valley Convention Center. Utah Valley is one of the best family vacation destinations offering year-round adventure. Utah vacations start with enjoying the natural beauty and diversity of the Wasatch Front. Hang gliding, world-class fly-fishing, skiing, and dinosaur hunting are just a few of the many outdoor adventures in Utah Valley. Utah vacations also incorporate a modern element of resorts and lodging, museums, performing arts, festivals, and much more. Find out more at

Utah Valley Convention Center
220 W Center St, Provo, UT 84601

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Our virtual participants will have opportunities to enjoy the entire Summit or select specific sessions to watch. We will have different lengths of breakout sessions, truly inspirational and live-streamed keynote speakers, and a kickoff dinner at the new Timpanogos Cave National Monument Visitor Center!

Early Bird $149
This is a tax-free ticket
Virtual Attendance $65
This is a tax-free ticket

2020 Keynote Speakers

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Stacy BareStacy Bare
Stacy Bare
Stacy BareFounder, Adventure United
Adventure United is a new kind of health company that combines Stacy’s years of experience leading in the outdoors and focuses on improved health outcomes through outdoor adventure. He is also a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and has completed expeditions to Angola, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Ricky BegayeRicky Begaye
Ricky Begaye
Ricky BegayeProgram Coordinator, Canyon Country Youth Corps
Ricky Begaye, Program Coordinator for Canyon Country Discovery Center/Canyon Country Youth Corps(CCYC), has been with CCYC for more than seven years working side by side with AmeriCorps members developing leadership and job skills.
Bob WassomBob Wassom
Bob Wassom
Bob WassomFreelance Blogger and Writer
Bob Wassom specializes in writing about adaptive outdoor recreation. Initially paralyzed from the neck down, he regained the use of his arms and legs, allowing him a second chance at living life to the max. His passion is pursuing any and all outdoor recreation, utilizing whatever adaptive equipment is necessary. When he can’t get out and do it, he’s most likely writing about it.

2020 Breakout Speakers

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Dave BastianDave Bastian
Dave Bastian
Dave BastianPartnerships Director, Canyon Country Youth Corps
Dave Bastian is the Partnerships Director for the Canyon Country Discovery Center and the Canyon Country Youth Corps, developing projects and helping to foster the next generation of conservation leadership.
Maria Blevins PhDMaria Blevins PhD
Maria Blevins PhD
Maria Blevins PhDAssociate Professor of Communication, Utah Valley University
Maria has a passion for helping people enjoy rivers and the outdoors. Her current research focuses on sexual harassment in the whitewater rafting industry. She is also one of the founding members of A-DASH, an anti-discrimination organization for river professionals through the River Management Society.
Sam Braegger, CPRPSam Braegger, CPRP
Sam Braegger, CPRP
Sam Braegger, CPRPOutreach Coordinator, Utah Lake Commission
Sam has a variety of recreation experience ranging from a summer spent as an intern with the Orem Owlz minor league baseball team, to being a restaurant general manager, to being an intern with a parks and recreation department in Alaska.
David CarterDavid Carter
David Carter
David CarterBoard of Directors, Utah Climbers Association
David Carter is a member of the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance (SLCA) Board of Directors and chairs the SLCA's Policy and Conservation Committee. He is also an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Utah's Department of Political Science. David is an avid rock and ice climber and backcountry skier.
Thom CarterThom Carter
Thom Carter
Thom CarterExecutive Director, Utah Clean Air Partnership
Thom Carter was named the second Executive Director for the Utah Clean Air Partnership in October of 2017. UCAIR is a non-profit organization established to bring communities together with one goal in mind – improving Utah’s air.
Jake DeslauriersJake Deslauriers
Jake Deslauriers
Jake DeslauriersRegional Coordinator, Utah Conservation Corps
Jake has a decade years of Conservation Corps experience and in his role with UCC he supervises the service programs while also developing partnerships around the state.
Eric EllisEric Ellis
Eric Ellis
Eric EllisExecutive Director, Utah Lake Commission
In addition to his work with the commission, Ellis was hired by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources within the Department of Natural Resources as the Policy Analyst to implement Governor Gary Herbert’s Conservation Plan for Greater Sage-grouse.
Theodore EspirituTheodore Espiritu
Theodore Espiritu
Theodore EspirituFounder and Creative Director of Espiritu
Theodore Espiritu is the Founder and Creative Director of the award winning design studio Espiritu. He has launched numerous notable creative projects over the course of his career, including projects for outdoor product companies Easton, Browning, and Winchester.
Julia GeislerJulia Geisler
Julia Geisler
Julia GeislerExecutive Director | Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Julia Geisler is the Executive Director of the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, your local not for profit rock climbing stewardship and advocacy organization.
Elaine GizlerElaine Gizler
Elaine Gizler
Elaine GizlerExecutive Director, Moab Area Travel Council
As the Executive Director of the Moab Area Travel Council, Elaine resides in a spectacular city that includes Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and The Mighty Colorado River.
Brett McIffBrett McIff
Brett McIff
Brett McIffPhysical Activity Coordinator, Utah Department of Health.
Dr. Brett McIff has worked in physical activity promotion for over 20 years in a variety of fields from personal training to policy development. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science. He continued his graduate work with a Master of Science in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University.
Andrea OlsenAndrea Olsen
Andrea Olsen
Andrea OlsenApparel Designer and Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Andrea is an Apparel Designer and an Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Outdoor Product Design and Development Program. She spent the last 12 years designing technical outerwear for Columbia Sportswear Company, and creating sustainable apparel lines for Prana.
Michael O'MalleyMichael O'Malley
Michael O'Malley
Michael O'MalleyEDCUtah
Prior to joining EDCUtah in 2019, Michael has served in marketing roles for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, USTAR and GE Capital.
Kevin StickelmanKevin Stickelman
Kevin Stickelman
Kevin StickelmanCEO / National Ability Center
Kevin Stickelman brings more than 20 years of ski industry and outdoor recreation management experience to the National Ability Center. Stickelman’s success in his previous role heavily influenced the Board’s decision to appoint him CEO in the summer of 2018. An amputee himself, Stickelman recognizes how adaptive recreation empowers individuals of all abilities.
Austin TaylorAustin Taylor
Austin Taylor
Austin TaylorEnvironmental Advocate
Austin Taylor is an urbanist and environmental advocate based in Provo, Utah. He worked in the outdoor industry for three years doing fundraising for Bicycle Collective and directing its Provo shop which put over 1,000 people on bikes per year.


Pre-Summit virtual events and breakouts! Watch at your leisure!

Timpanogos Cave National Monument6:30-9:00 PMSummit Kick-Off Dinner
Ballroom ABC: UVCC (Level 2)8:15 - 9:30 amOpening Plenary Session and Boxed Breakfast for In-Person Attendees
9:30 - 10:00 AMNetworking Break
Ballroom ABC: UVCC (Level 2)10:15 - 11:30 amCampfire Stories Keynote Panel
11:30 am-12:00 pmLunch & Networking
Ballroom ABC: UVCC (Level 2)12:15 - 1:45 pmOutdoor Summit Awards
1:45 - 2:15 pmNetworking Break
Ballroom ABC: UVCC (Level 2)2:15 - 3:30 pmClosing Plenary Session
3:30 - 4:00 pmNetworking Break



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