SORP 2019 Webinars: Partnerships & Collaborations

Webinar: Partnering with State Offices of Outdoor Recreation
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

SORP webinars are free to members and $45 for non-members.  You can become a member online and immediately get the member rate.


This webinar provides an overview of state offices of outdoor recreation, with insights into their missions and programs. The webinar also provides practical guidance for how local, state, and federal outdoor recreation managers can partner with these new offices.


  • Understand how offices of outdoor recreation are finding a needed niche in state government.
  • Learn how federal agencies can partner with state offices of outdoor recreation to carry out common objectives
  • Learn how outdoor recreation is being connected to local economic development objectives.
  • Learn about how state offices of outdoor recreation have become efficient in bringing together diverse partners to further common outdoor recreation objectives 


Tom Adams
Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation

Tara McKee
Assistant Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation



Speaker Bios

Tom Adams has been dedicated to Utah’s outdoor recreation industry for over 25 years. During that time, his passions in life have consistently followed his career path hand in hand. From the N.A. Sales Director for Petzl to a Ski Instructor at Brighton, it has been Tom’s personal goal to make every aspect of the outdoor industry more enjoyable and accessible for his clients, friends and family. Now as the Director of Outdoor Recreation for the State of Utah he helps to ensure that each resident or visitor will have the best possible resources to enjoy the range of outdoor recreation opportunities that Utah offers.

Tara McKee has worked for the Office of Outdoor Recreation since August 2013. She currently serves in the role as Program Manager and administers the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant program. In the fall of 2012, Tara was involved with writing Utah’s Outdoor Recreation Vision. Previously, Tara served in a number of roles including board member for Bike Utah, chair of the Utah Bike Summit, volunteer director for the Tour of Utah, editor of an online women’s cycling magazine and a free-lance writer focused on bicycling and outdoor recreation. Tara holds a BS from BYU in Geography with an emphasis in Travel and Tourism.