About Us

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

Our Work:

Partnering with doctors and other health care providers to prescribe time outdoors. Parkscriptions connects patients with positive outdoor experiences for healthier lifestyles and improved mental and physical health.

Bringing the outdoor recreation community together to learn from each other, raise the profile of this key sector of our economy and advocate for the value of outdoor recreation and our public lands at the state and local level.

Stewarding the Fairhaven Park trail system we have utilized for years for the Traverse by removing invasive species, rerouting trails to improve access and restoring wetland habitat through native plantings.

Getting the community outdoors for a day of fun, exploring our local parks & trails and celebrating the journey of wild salmon with the Bellingham Traverse.

Our Approach:

It’s about people and we put relationships first

We go the extra mile on customer service

We celebrate our donors, volunteers, sponsors and partners


Productive and FUN – that’s how we roll

We focus on solutions

We prioritize community building and Win-Win-Win


We are nimble and flexible in our staff and our programs

Keep it simple and keep our standards high

We run the organization as a sustainable and professional business


NOV_6283Todd Elsworth, Co-Executive Director

Todd Elsworth brings decades of extensive event production and marketing experience. He has served on start-up boards, managed his own consulting business and worked for local and global non-profits. He brings an entrepreneurial approach and is known for developing innovative ideas and bringing the right people together to make it happen.
He enjoys biking, hiking, paddling, skiing and will try anything twice.
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12593613_10154379016646241_2648708511527872367_oApril Claxton, Co-Executive Director

April Claxton begin her career in non-profit management in 1997 developing and directing statewide and national environmental advocacy campaigns. Passion for her work is shown in the enthusiasm she invests into the projects she manages, consistently raising the expectations of fellow staff and board members. She has a special place in her heart for organizational development and loves diving into the processes and details that keep a project moving forward.
She has a passion for place and loves exploring, experiencing and sharing the beauty of the pacific northwest.
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Why Co-Executive Directors?


Board of Directors

Brian Roche, President
Erin McCain-Anderson, Vice-President
Nikki Quinn, Treasurer
Nicole Oliver, Secretary
Adam Lent
Sonja Max
Krissy Moehl
Andrew Olive 

Please Support Recreation Northwest:

Make a donation to support our work.

Check out our Recreation Northwest Sponsorship Opportunities.

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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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