Outdoor Retailer Education Session: Plateaued Email Marketing: How Do You Repair and Grow Customer Retention?

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Live Date: Friday, June 10, 2022

  • Your outdoor enthusiast consumer is likely receiving over 100 emails a day. Are you sending the same email to your entire customer database? 
  • Since COVID, U.S. adult shoppers shifted to email as the preferred channel to receive advertisements and communication. Has your business kept up with this shift and trend? 
  • Learn how to easily enrich your customer data and segment and “automatically” engage your prospects and customers, along with the importance of establishing and understanding your metrics. Break down and easily help determine your average order value and your average customer lifetime and value, etc. 
  • Overview of digital best practices and ways to speak to a prospect like a prospect and a customer like a customer and the importance of personalized, targeted marketing for client retention and increased sales.  
  • Whitepaper takeaway/download provided to all education session attendees.  


Scott Buelter, CEO, Ascent360  

Molly Holmes, Director CRM, Alterra Mountain Company


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Live Date: Friday, June 10, 2022

Join NPD for a fast-paced, informative “Outdoor Trend” breakfast session.  This is a “must-attend” event for those interested in understanding retail trends and sales in outdoor.  This session will provide an in-depth update on what’s driving consumers and what they’re spending money on.  In today’s complex retail environment, this session is critical to staying up to date on retail sales and consumer insights. Matt Powell and Julia Clark Day are experts on the marketplace and will talk about what’s selling and the critical why behind the buy.  If you are looking for an understanding of current retail market trends and consumer dynamics, this session will give you a birds-eye view.   

Presenters: Matt Powell, Vice President, Senior Sports Industry Advisor, and Dirk Sorenson, Executive Director, Industry Analyst, The NPD Group 

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Outdoor Retailer Education Session: State of The Outdoor Market Summer 2022

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Live Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Join OIA for a presentation on participation in outdoor activities, consumer trends in outdoor, supply chain disruptions, pandemic-to-endemic outdoor habits, and consumer perspectives. Learn what the data is telling us about supply and demand, increased diversity across the participation base, the new consumer journey into the outdoor market, and what opportunities lie ahead of us post-pandemic. Kelly Davis, Director of Research for OIA, will discuss business, participation, buying behaviors and social trends and how they impact the outdoor market.  Expect to walk away from this session with a clear view of current activity in the outdoor market and to know what the future likely has in store for outdoor market players over the next year.

Presenter: Kelly Davis, Director of Research, Outdoor Industry Association

Outdoor Retailer Industry Lunch: Collective Impact in Action

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Live Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Through community investment and groundbreaking research, the Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Initiative works with partners across the country to address outdoor equity barriers and help make the outdoors accessible for all. The collective impact model is the foundation upon which the Thrive Outside Initiative is built. Collective impact brings people together—in a structured way—to achieve social change.

Learn how the Outdoor Foundation and our Thrive Outside Communities are working to integrate the collective impact model to drive equity and systems change in the outdoors. Panelists will share their experiences working through a collective impact model, connecting youth and families from historically marginalized communities with nature, and addressing the outdoor equity barriers that exist in communities.

Moderator: Jacob Fisher, Program Coordinator, Outdoor Foundation


Akiima Price, Director, Thrive Outside Washington D.C.

Heather Rossetti, Manager, Thrive Outside San Diego

Outdoor Retailer Education Session: State-Based Equity Funds

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Live Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Access to the outdoors is a basic human right – yet it’s one that has often been denied to many of our youth. As a result, our underrepresented kids haven’t had the chance to experience some of the best of New Mexico: its outside world. In 2020, the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund opened to applications for the first time, awarding over $270,000 to 25 applicants across the state. It continues to support transformative outdoor experiences that foster stewardship and respect for lands, waters, and cultural heritage. During this OR session, hear from Angel Peña, executive director of Las Cruces-based Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project and one of the community leaders in New Mexico who created and advocated for this fund. The Outdoor Equity Fund has inspired similar programs throughout the country, and this session will also feature advocates and partners from other states enacting similar programming to work toward building an accessible outdoors for all. 

Moderator: Teresa Martinez, Executive Director, Continental Divide Trail Coalition


Ángel Peña, Executive Director, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project

Lesford Duncan, Associate Executive Director, Outdoor Outreach

Shirley Romero Otero, Founder and Executive Director, Move Mountains Youth Project Inc.

2022 Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment

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The Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment looks to identify major trends in workforce hiring and retention, help further educational and up-skilling initiatives, and provide a snapshot of where the industry stands in its efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. Key findings from the survey include the following:
  • New hires: The industry expects to hire for a high volume of entry and skilled professional positions over the next year.
  • Work/life balance: Outdoor companies are prioritizing flexible work arrangements and work-life balance as attraction and retention strategies ahead of employee benefits and financial rewards.
  • Qualified applicants: 66% of survey respondents report having difficulty finding qualified applicants. The largest barriers to recruiting hard-to-fill jobs are finding qualified applicants, and lack of affordable housing options proximal to the job location.
  • Increasing DEI: Companies who have a diversity plan in place are utilizing a wide variety of methods and tactics to achieve their goals. However, companies that do not currently have a diversity plan in place largely do not plan to implement one or do not know where to start.
Read key takeaways from the report and areas of opportunity for organizations and the outdoor industry here. The Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment was conducted by Oregon State University’s Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy with input and support from Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, Basecamp Outdoor, Path to Peak Education + Consulting, and the Confluence of States. Financial support for the development and execution of this survey was provided by a grant from The VF Foundation.

2021 Outdoor Foundation Annual Report

Read the Outdoor Foundation’s 2021 Annual Report to see evidence of the transformational impact our network delivers, insights from our 2021 research reports, and success stories from our partners across the country.

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2022 Special Report on Fishing

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Recreational fishing is a vibrant part of America’s outdoor tradition, promoting wellness, fostering bonding with family and friends, and forging a deep connection with nature, particularly amid COVID-19 related limitations. Whether fishing on lakes, rivers, streams, or seas; from shorelines, boats, or embankments; millions of Americans were united in 2021 by the love of fishing. Using 15 years of fishing participation data, the Outdoor Foundation and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) partnered to produce the Special Report on Fishing for the 12th consecutive year. This report provides a comprehensive look at overall trends in participation, as well as detailed information on specific fishing categories. Insights include motivations, barriers, and preferences of key groups. Special sections are dedicated to youth, Hispanic Americans, and females—populations we must engage, activate, and retain to ensure future growth. Key findings from the report include the following:
  • In 2021, 52.4 million Americans went fishing, up 4.5% over 2019.
  • 12.9 million youth (ages 6-17) went fishing in 2021, up 14% over 2019.
  • 4.7 million Hispanics fished in 2021, up 7% over 2019.
  • 19.4 million women went fishing in 2021, up 8% over 2019.
  • 86% of current fishing participants first fished before age 12, demonstrating the critical importance of introducing fishing at a young age.
  • Americans primarily fished to enjoy the splendor of nature while escaping the usual demands of life.

The Forever Chemicals Landscape: An Update on PFAS Regulations and Litigation

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 1 pm MT 

PFAS, or per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of over 9,000 synthetic “forever chemicals” that are used to make coatings that can resist extreme temperatures and repel grease, water, and stains. Many outdoor apparel and equipment companies have used PFAS to manufacture rain jackets, tent flies, water resistant hiking boots, fishing line, and durable climbing ropes. Research into the health effects of many PFAS have brought the chemicals under significant scrutiny from both regulators and consumers. Join OIA and James Pollack from OIA member Marten Law to learn more about developing state and federal regulations of PFAS, as well as the growth of PFAS consumer products lawsuits over the last year.

OIA + CORP Virtual Sacramento Summit 2022

Watch on-demand: California Outdoor Recreation Partnership and Outdoor Industry Association’s 5th Sacramento Summit!


The California Outdoor Recreation Partnership, with support from Outdoor Industry Association, was pleased to host the 5th Sacramento Summit for outdoor recreation policy. From May 23-25, hundreds of outdoor recreation enthusiasts participated in our Sacramento Summit. Businesses and organizations met for a virtual advocacy day to hear from state policymakers, legislators, and decision-makers. Summit participants engaged in and drove conversation to protect public lands and advocate for equitable access, environmental justice, climate resilience including the 30×30 initiative, and outdoor recreation infrastructure.

Summit Objectives

  • Advocate for equitable access, climate resiliency, and funding for outdoor recreation infrastructure.
  • Connect the California outdoor recreation community with stakeholders, state agency leaders and key legislative members and continue to build state-level government relationships.
  • Networking opportunities for members.

Advocacy Day Program: 8 am – 12 pm on Monday, May 23, 2022

Lobby Meetings: Monday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Advocacy Day Activities:

  • Remarks from Policymakers and Outdoor Recreation Advocates
  • Meetings with state-level policymakers and agency officials
  • Coffee Networking Event
  • Happy Hour Networking Event

Special thanks to The North Face and REI for their support of our work at California Outdoor Recreation Partnership.