Recap: Outdoor Series “Winter” a Huge Success!

Winter Outdoor series

2/23/23 Event Recap:

Over 100 people showed up to have a beer, bite & real conversation at Patagonia Denver’s store for an important “Party with a Purpose” in collaboration with Protect Our Winters and Colorado Rising for Communities. The event brought together expert voices from the scientific, environmental economics, and outdoor adventure community to share perspectives on how warming temps are taking a toll on our winters and the future of accessibility for outdoor recreational opportunities. Huge shout out to Patagonia Denver for offering their space to connect on these issues. And to our sponsors Make it Vegan and Lady Justice Brewery for the delicious catering and beer!

Event Background:

Colorado’s outdoor and recreation industry is one of the state’s largest providers of jobs and state revenue. Sadly, climate change – being driven largely by fossil fuel operations – is taking a toll on our outdoor opportunities with decreased snowpack, longer drought seasons, increases in severity and frequency of wildfires, heatwaves, and unprecedented number of Ozone Alert days. The climate crisis threatens the future of our outdoor spaces, recreational opportunities, jobs, economy and Colorado way of life. Each event will focus on the economic impacts climate change brings to all 4 seasons and will feature a unique panel of experts, community advocates, athletes & outdoor enthusiasts that all have their own unique outdoor mission.

The Outdoor Series: Winter 2023 event brings together expert voices from the scientific, environmental economics, and outdoor adventure community to share perspectives on how warming temps are taking a toll on our winters and the future of our outdoor winter recreation industry.

Whether that be gathering research and data or building community and accessibility in the outdoors, we’ll find a common ground by banding together to preserve our winter seasons and discuss the importance of advancing diversity and inclusivity in our open spaces. We will also discuss the historic barriers to accessibility and inclusivity of outdoor recreation in terms of race, gender, class, and other identities and what is at stake with the climate crisis. This series is being held in partnership with Patagonia and Protect Our Winters, with opportunities to attend in person or online. 

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