From live panels and dynamic guest speakers to workshops, field trips, and a film won't want to miss a thing!

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Conservation of Outdoor Recreation Resources

Recreation Guests: Navigating Outdoor Recreation Partnerships on Private Lands

Join our panel of experts as they navigate the intricacies of public outdoor recreation on private lands, sharing valuable insights and best practices to forge successful collaborations and ensure responsible access.

Montana's Hunting Heritage: A Dialogue on Tradition, Conservation, and Changes Ahead

Engage in a meaningful dialogue as our panel explores the rich hunting heritage of Montana, delving into the interplay between tradition, conservation, and rural economies.

Navigating Montana's Waters: Conservation, Angling, and Access

Dive in as our panel navigates the ever-shifting waters of Montana for the latest on critical issues of conservation, angling, and access, and unveils strategies to ensure the sustainable enjoyment of these cherished natural resources.


Nature for All: Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Outdoor Spaces

Join us as we gain insight into how to advance equitable opportunities, rethink physical barriers, and examine emerging technologies all to ensure that the transformative power of nature is accessible to all ages and abilities.

Bridging the Divide: Exploring Equity Issues in Outdoor Recreation

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion as we consider the critical equity issues present in the outdoor recreation space ranging from lack of access to high-speed internet to fees and permitting requirements to transportation and geographic location.

Sharing the Spirit of the Land: Indigenous Voices in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

Absorb the wisdom and perspectives of Indigenous voices as our panel explores the interplay between outdoor recreation, conservation, and cultural heritage which pave the way for profound inclusive experiences.


Pathways to Adventure: Navigating Tourism Partnerships and Outdoor Recreation

Join outdoor recreation leaders from across the state as we examine the intricacies of sustainable tourism relationships that lead to unforgettable adventures and mutually beneficial outcomes for businesses and communities.

Rural Outdoor Communities: Leveraging the Potential of the Outdoors at the Heart of Rural Communities

Learn from rural community champions seeking to leverage the transformative power of outdoor recreation as they explore innovative ways to balance resilient community character with economic vitality.

Outdoor Ventures: Unlocking Success in the Business of Outdoor Recreation

Insight from outdoor recreation businesses reliant on thriving places to recreate and the users that get outdoors. Attendees will gain valuable insights from our panel of industry leaders as they share the key strategies and innovative approaches to succeed in the dynamic business of outdoor recreation.



Get Grant Ready

Are you passionate about outdoor recreation and have an exciting project idea in mind but need help knowing where to begin? Are you looking to refine your project concept and learn the essential elements that most funders seek in grant applications? This workshop is designed with many grant programs in mind to help you build out and develop your project idea to write the grant you want to pursue.


Inclusive Recreation: Enhancing Accessibility for All in Your Community

Join us for a dynamic and interactive session that will equip you with the knowledge and tools to enhance accessibility, ensuring that everyone can fully enjoy your community's recreational opportunities.


Unleashing the Power of Data-Driven Storytelling

Discover the art of crafting captivating narratives through the power of data! Join our experts in this workshop as they walk you through utilizing data to tell compelling stories about your community. Whether you're an experienced data analyst or new to the world of data, this workshop will provide valuable insights and practical techniques for harnessing data to enhance your community's outdoor recreation assets.


Wildlife Wise: Strategies for Responsible Recreation 

People are recreating in more places, more often, and going farther and faster than ever before. As trails get busier, it is important to make sure people can get outside and have fun while safely sharing space with wildlife — and other people. This interactive workshop will present information on how recreational activities can impact wildlife and explore best practices and solutions for being wildlife wise. Participants will leave with responsible recreation tools, strategies, and ideas.  

Key Topics:

  1. Understanding the intersection of recreation and wildlife: Learn about how outdoor recreation activities can impact wildlife and what can lead to human-wildlife conflicts.
  2. Responsible recreation: Explore best practices for co-existence and being wildlife wise while recreating in winter and summer.
  3. Local solutions: Discuss tools, approaches, and innovative ways to minimize impact on wildlife.


Join us at the historic Mother Lode Theatre for a celebration of outdoor recreation through film! From gripping tales of mountain climbing in Bozeman to heartwarming stories of family legacy in the outdoors, these films will showcase the indomitable spirit of adventure and the transformative power of nature.

We invite you to come and connect with fellow adventurers and be inspired by the incredible stories that unfold on screen!

Film festival ticket included with Summit registration.

The 2023 Montana Outdoor Recreation Summit Film Festival is OPEN TO ALL! Tickets are $10.



Butte Trolley Tour

Ride through the largest National Historic Landmark District in the country on the Butte trolley tour! We will explore Butte’s mining, labor, and immigration history with stops at the World Museum of Mining, Granite Mountain Specular Mine Memorial, Mai Wah Museum, and B’nai Israel Cultural Center. We will discuss Butte’s environmental history at the Berkeley Pit as well as the recent restoration renaissance which includes many new parks and trails.

As we examine the many facets of Butte’s history, we will also learn how a community-led effort for a National Historical Park designation could tie them all together and provide greater recreation and interpretation opportunities for this wildly historic city.


Anaconda + Anaconda Stack State Park

Come visit the Smelter City and learn about its rich history and importance to the mining industry in the US. The tour begins at Washoe Park with a conversation with community leaders and business owners about the role of outdoor recreation in our area as well as how Anaconda is managing an increase in tourism while maintaining its community spirit.

The tour concludes with a trip to Anaconda Stack State Park where you’ll hear from community members as well as the current park manager about one of the legacies of the legendary Anaconda Copper Company. We will have a special opportunity to drive right up to the Stack!

The first 10 people to sign up get to be shuttled in the historic Anaconda tour bus and learn even more about the early smelting days that created Anaconda.

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Thompson Park

Join us at Thompson Park, a 3,500-acre Congressionally designated Municipal Recreation area with a unique history and year-round recreation opportunities. Designated in 1922, Thompson Park is jointly managed by the Forest Service and City-County of Butte-Silver Bow and was developed with a partnership between the two agencies and volunteerism.

Hear how the park was developed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and rehabilitated with unique funding through Superfund and other local, state, and federal grants. We will discuss the history and design considerations associated with the historic architecture, including accessibility opportunities; cooperative management between agencies and volunteers; and interpretation of features (history, geology, Milwaukee Railroad, etc). We will discuss how this management model could be used in other communities to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities to enhance public recreation and community economies.

Bring your walking shoes and plan to take a .75 mile walk to a 550-foot tunnel on the Milwaukee Road which has a unique history of its own.

Field trip spots are LIMITED!

Registered Summit attendees will be able to register for field trips in September.


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Thomas (“Tomy”) Parker

Tomy Parker was born in Wailuku, Hawaii and raised in Ronan, Montana. After graduating from Ronan High School in 2008, Tomy joined the United States Marine Corps as a rifleman. In September of 2010, Tomy deployed for his first and only time to Sangin, Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment.

In the late afternoon of December 2010, while on a foot patrol, Tomy stepped on an improvised explosive device resulting in the amputation of his right leg above the knee, his left leg at the hip, and all of the fingers on his left hand save his thumb. For the next 18 months, Tomy went through extensive rehabilitation to learn to live his life without his legs. He was medically retired from the Marine Corps in November 2012.

Tomy returned to Montana where his hometown community rallied to welcome him home. He traveled throughout the U.S. inspiring people through public speaking but soon lost his own purpose in life and replaced it with drugs. This led him down the long dark road of substance abuse for the better part of a decade, ultimately resulting in him spending 18 months incarcerated. While incarcerated, Tomy turned his life around and found his purpose to push on once again.

Since then, he has gone on to become an adaptive athlete. He has competed in seven half-marathons and one full marathon. Tomy continues to push himself every day with his training and has future goals of starting his own business with the help of Warrior Rising; as well as competing in larger-scale marathons such as the Boston Marathon. Tomy also enjoys traveling, volunteering as a boxing coach at a local gym, and helping others by continuing to shatter perceived limitations and stereotypes that disabled people “can’t do that”.


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