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    Choose Outdoors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All donations will be used to promote outdoor recreation and support for public lands and waters; recreation infra-structure; and programs connecting Americans to the outdoors.

  • About Us

    Choose Outdoors is a non-profit organization located in Pine, Colorado and Washington DC. It was created to help unite the many diverse interests using our public lands with emphasis on promoting and preserving access, use and the future of outdoor recreation on our public lands.



    Mission—Choose Outdoors provides support for our nation's public lands by promoting outdoor recreation and active lifestyles. We do this through:

    • Direct work with agencies and partners to create effective outdoor education, learning, volunteer opportunities, and experiences for people of all ages;
    • Work as an advocate in favor of outdoor recreation and bring together the support of industries associated with the outdoors; and
    • Support for investment in recreation programs and infrastructure to promote active lifestyles.



    2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

    The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree

    • The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree will come from the The Chippewa National Forest. The Chippewa National Forest has partnered with Choose Outdoors and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to bring this special gift from Minnesota in celebration of the Christmas season and the great outdoors. The beautiful tree will be delivered to the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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    • U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree 2014 Tour Dates Announced



      "People's Tree" to visit nearly 30 communities between Minnesota and Washington, DC CASS LAKE, Minnesota (Sept. 9, 2014) – For the past 50 years, a beautiful tree has appeared on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the holiday season. The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Choose Outdoors and the […]






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    • Bruce Ward was recognized as a Champion of Change at White House


      On July 6, 2011 Choose Outdoors founder Bruce Ward was recognized as a Champion of Change for Rural America at a White House meeting convened by President Barak Obama, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak, and Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes.



      Get Your Nature On!


      Did you know that regular outdoor activity could actually improve your physical and mental health? Or that kids who spend time in parks or green spaces are more likely to be physically fit?...


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