Recreation Northwest

About Us

Recreation Northwest

Our mission: We promote outdoor recreation and bring people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play.

Our primary strategies are Stewardship, Education and Fun:


Facilitating collaboration between outdoor enthusiasts, local governments, businesses and individual landowners to improve local trail networks, provide direct service to maintain local parks and develop a sense of pride and ownership in these outdoor places that make our communities unique.


Sharing information between race directors, participants and the public to increase communication and positive shared use of our parks and trails and to lessen the environmental impact of events on these places. To highlight the impact of recreation on our local economy.


Getting adults and children outside to be active, build community and enjoy our parks and trails through multi-sport events including the Traverse and Quest Adventure Races.

Intrigued? Keep reading, for the full story on our priorities for the coming years.

Board of Directors

Kurt Baumgarten, President
David Laws, Vice President
Dean Fearing, Treasurer
Pamela Jull, Secretary
Adam Lent
Betsy Bierer
Al Ragan
Erin McCain-Anderson
Mike McAuley, Ex-officio

Todd Elsworth, Executive Director
April Claxton, Program Director

Support Recreation Northwest:

Make a donation to our Community Stewardship program

Check out our Recreation Northwest Sponsorship Opportunities.

Recreation Northwest is a 501(c)3 charity.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Our non-profit federal tax-exempt number is 46-1774882 .
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