Organizers' Toolkit

Thank you for supporting America's Great Outdoors.

To help support your efforts, here is our web toolkit for conducting an America’s Great Outdoors listening session in your community:


On April 16, President Barack Obama launched a national dialogue on conservation and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.  As part of this initiative, we are hosting listening sessions around the country to hear from ranchers, farmers and forest landowners, sportsmen and women, state and local government leaders, tribal leaders, public-lands experts, conservationists, recreationists, youth leaders, business representatives, heritage preservationists, and others to learn about some of the smart, creative ways communities are conserving outdoor spaces and helping Americans to go out and enjoy them.

As the nation’s largest land manager, the Federal Government has a responsibility to engage with its partners in order to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st Century. We must look to the private sector and nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities, and States, and the people who live and work in them, to identify the places that mean the most to Americans, and leverage the support of the Federal Government to help these community-driven efforts succeed. Through partnerships, we will connect these outdoor spaces to each other and reconnect Americans to them.

We hope you will join the conversation about America’s Great Outdoors. We want to hear from you about the places you love, your community’s efforts to protect them, and how we can better support modern-day land and water conservation efforts happening in communities across the country.  

However, as much as we would like to it simply won’t be possible to meet with every community group that is practicing creative conservation, or visit every valued outdoor place in America. Nevertheless, it is very important that we get your ideas and experiences to help us create an enduring 21st Century conservation agenda.  

Please review the background material, including the informational videos on the initiative, the Presidential Memorandum and the goals of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative.  Then print the sign-in sheet (print extra, just in case) and the list of the four questions to which we would appreciate your answers, and contact information on where to send your information and ideas.


For review before the listening session

The America's Great Outdoors video (7:44)

President Obama's speech on America's Great Outdoors (10:51)

The America's Great Outdoors Conference (181:14)

  • Secretary Ken Salazar
  • Chair Nancy Sutley
  • Secretary Tom Vilsack
  • Administrator Lisa Jackson

The Presidential Memorandum

Things to bring to the listening session

Questions for Listening Sessions

sheet (Bring extras!)

Submitting your information

Please collect your notes and information and send them to us in a word document. Please organize them according to the question and include your contact information as well as the names and contact information of the people who participated in your listening session. You can email your information to: or mail a hard copy to: Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife and Parks, America’s Great Outdoors, 1849 C St NW, Washington, DC 20240. Mailstop 3156.