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Do you enjoy outdoor recreation, or want to learn more about Arizona’s outdoor scene? You know…Camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, wildlife and bird watching, and more! Join us every other Wednesday as we discuss adventure, beautiful places, and hidden treasures in Arizona’s state parks! Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor veteran or someone looking to get into outdoor recreation, there’s something in this podcast for you!
 
Welcome to The Sport and Recreation Podcast, a brand-new podcast where we'll be delving into the important issues impacting the sports sector, asking the challenging questions and drawing on experts from across the sector to help drive best practice. In early episodes we'll be chewing over the implications of Brexit, exploring how we can encourage more of our youngsters to get active and also discussing how we can collectively demonstrate the economic and social value of sport ahead of the g ...
 
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Bringing little ones into the great outdoors is a whole different level of recreating. Watching them discover and learn about the world around them is unforgettable, but kids also bring a unique set of needs that require some planning for a successful outdoor excursion. Join us as we interview Jana Tingom from Phoenix with Kids, Luna with The Moonl…
 
How can you care for the trails when you pull on your boots and go for a hike? Arizona hiking aficionado Mare Czinar joins us on this episode of the episode to discuss! Mare has been hiking all over the state for more than 30 years and has reviewed 1000+ trails. She shares her favorite places to hike, and the ways you can mindful of the trails, nat…
 
Did you know that 75-80% of wildland fires are caused by people? That's why we're talking ahead of wildfire season with Public Affairs Officer for Arizona's Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM), Tiffany Davila. She has so much great information about how we can do our part to prevent wildland fires. Tiffany shares the causes and impact…
 
Meet Andre Briscoe, host of the Big Man Tiny Kingdom podcast. Andre's show brings you along his outdoor activities as a big guy with a minimalist perspective in everyday living and as a weekend warrior in camping and exploring the outdoors. He's been camping all over the state, from the White Mountains at Lyman Lake State Park in St. Johns, Arizona…
 
Is it possible to support conservation efforts and be a tourist at the same time? Dr. Aireona Raschke of the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) shares how you can do both! We talked with Aireona about what ecotourism can look like when recreating in beautiful places, from both perspectives of sustainability for the habitat and for commun…
 
Off-highway vehicle use has exponentially grown as a result of the pandemic. Because of this growth, some land managers have turned to Matt Caldwell, and his organization Tread Lightly for answers. We had a chance to sit down with Matt along side Matt Eberhart, Arizona’s State OHV Coordinator to discuss growing pains associated with the explosive r…
 
We’re kicking off season three with an exciting twist…Arizona's BEST outdoor podcast just got a new voice with the addition of our cohost Elisabeth Haugan! Listen in and get to know Elisabeth, what she’s bringing to the table, and about her connection to the outdoors. This episode references a study about how new experiences can make our perception…
 
Have you ever met a legend? Randee and Neil recently had the pleasure of talking to western Arizona’s boating safety guru (and manager of Cattail Cove State Park) Ron Gayman! During the conversation, Ron actually made boating safety sound cool…Really! Learn what this veteran boater and former professional jet skier has to say about staying safe on …
 
Check out this awesome conversation we had with Mark Cardenas of Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO)! Mark goes into detail about the connection of Arizona’s lands to Hispanic heritage, discusses HECHO and how you can get involved, and talks about how he fell in love with the outdoors at an early age. Mark and his team are…
 
Star is a ranger at Lost Dutchman State Park who is passionate about her job as well as sharing her relatively newfound love of the outdoors with park visitors! We discuss teachable moments, her inspiring journey, and learning about the outdoors through a variety of park events. Her energy is infectious and animated and we think you’ll really enjoy…
 
We’re following up our last podcast with even more information about the Granite Mountain Hotshots! On this episode, we’ll discuss the Memorial Park, its construction, and deep sentiment with Mark Loseth and Jack McMullin of the American Conservation Experience (ACE). ACE is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rewarding environmental s…
 
In commemoration of the recent Granite Mountain Hotshots anniversary, Neil and Randee sat down with Yarnell resident and now park ranger Jared Welsh, who recalled memories of the town during the Yarnell Hill Fire of June 2013. Jared is now a park ranger at Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, and shares those memories and the memory of th…
 
This week Neil and Randee take a step back and discuss the very different ways they got into outdoor recreation and appreciation. Neil reminisces about his growth as an outdoorsman and talks about sharing his passion for the outdoors with his kids, plus gives great tips for parents that want to spend time with their kids outside. Randee looks back …
 
Neil and Randee recently had a chance to sit down with Arizona State Parks and Trails Director Bob Broscheid to discuss an array of outdoor related topics. Director Broscheid has spent a lifetime exploring the outdoors and his outlook on sharing outdoor experiences is an inspiration to everyone that loves spending time outside. Recreate Responsibly…
 
Arizona’s Office of Tourism is making waves in the sustainability realm thanks to an exciting new partnership with Leave No Trace! How do Leave No Trace principles foster sustainable tourism practices in Arizona? Find out by joining Neil and Randee as they discuss Arizona’s NEW Appreciate AZ campaign with Debbie Johnson, Executive Director of the A…
 
Have you ever wondered about a day in the life of a park ranger? Today we sat down with Jared, one of the superstar rangers at Red Rock State Park. This episode is jam-packed, thanks to Jared’s laid-back style and commitment to sustainability! Listen in as Jared talks about a day in the life of a ranger, properly hydrating before your trip, leave n…
 
Listen as Neil and Randee discuss fun ways to use the parks with Nina D! Nina, a former local on-air personality and social media influencer, is new to the parks! She shares some awesome insights in this episode about how new outdoor lovers can enjoy Arizona’s beautiful places. It really is easier than you think to get outside and have fun in the p…
 
Learn about how a vision became a way of life designed to make Arizona a better place for everyone! Natural Restorations is cleaning up Arizona one project at a time and we recently had the pleasure of discussing their vision and successes on the podcast with Nicole Corey, Executive Director and Co-founder. Be prepared for a touching story on this …
 
Are you a sustainable tourist? What does that even mean? Neil and Randee dive deep this week with Christine Vogt, a Professor at ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Listen and find out how we can all do our part to ensure we’re traveling safely with the well-being of Earth an…
 
Bark up a good time with Pima Animal Care Center (PACC)’s Public Information Officer, Nikki Reck! Neil and Randee talked with Nikki about their pandemic outreach programs, like free pet food, temporary fosters, and free veterinary care, plus the awesome “Hiking with the PACC” program in partnership with Arizona State Parks, which lets fosters take …
 
Take a ride through Arizona’s backcountry with statewide OHV Coordinator Matt Eberhart! This is a really fun, upbeat episode that’s packed with information about OHV programs, places to ride, and of course safety! The OHV community is a tight-knit group that likes sharing their love of the outdoors with new off-road users…And really, it’s easier th…
 
Neil and Randee had a chance to sit down with Nanebah Lyndon and LeRoy Shingoitewa to discuss the Tribal Monitor Program and what they’re doing to conserve and protect areas of cultural significance to Arizona’s tribes. Members of this innovative program consider themselves the “eyes and ears” of their communities when surveying and protecting the …
 
Arizona's diverse habitats are home to a wide variety of birds for your viewing pleasure! Come along with us as we learn the finer points of birding in this amazing state while talking to a seasoned birding professional. Vera is one of our amazing volunteers at Lost Dutchman State Park and has been leading the super popular bird walks for a number …
 
Neil and Randee are reporting to you from Arizona’s west coast in a lakeside cabin at Lake Havasu State Park! Join the conversation with our special guest, Dan Roddy, manager of this super popular Colorado River country park. We think you’ll like Dan’s positive outlook and dedication to your experience while visiting this park…Plus, Dan shares his …
 
In this episode, we wrap up our conversation about recreating responsibly outdoors. This three-part minisode covers the basics of recreating responsibly, and how you can pay attention to detail while enjoying Arizona's beautiful places. Check out the entire Recreate Responsibly series, and hit the outdoors with a "Take only pictures, leave only foo…
 
Neil and Randee continue their conversation about recreating responsibly and share examples of how to do it! Pack it In...Pack it Out, Fire Safety, and tons of other awesome outdoor information can be found here! We all need to do our part to ensure the long-term sustainability of Arizona's beautiful places! We're all accountable for our actions, a…
 
Randee and Neil are back after a short hiatus to share the first of a minisode series covering responsible outdoor recreation in your parks! In this episode, learn how to think ahead and minimize your impact on the trails, in your campsite, and every day you spend outdoors! Get a sneak peek at future episodes and join the Facebook group at azstatep…
 
We all love a good hike but should always pay close attention to our safety on the trail. Arizona's summertime desert temps can soar over 100 degrees, and most of us just aren't made to hike on that type of heat! This doesn't mean that desert dwellers should abandon their hiking passion all together, but there are a certain set of hiking safety gui…
 
Join Neil and Randee as they discuss the finer points of outdoor photography with Arizona State Parks staff photographer, videographer (and podcast producer) Carlos Ramirez! Listen as Carlos goes into detail about things that will help you step up your photo game while exploring the outdoors. You don't want to miss the section about phone photograp…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). The Brexit is back! The Alliance's Parliamentary Policy Officer, Ryan McCullough (@RyMcCullough21) joins us one final time to look back at the General Election and how we will be helping the sector to move forward with the new Conservative government. We …
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). With BBC Sports Personality of the Year celebrating our wonderful volunteers this weekend, we take a look at why these unsung heroes are so important across the sport and recreation sector. We are joined by Sarah Webber, Outdoor and Adventure Project Co-o…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). It is polling day for the 2019 general election! The Alliance's Parliamentary Policy Officer, Ryan McCullough (@RyMcCullough21) recaps what could lie ahead once the votes have been counted and recaps what was in each of the three major political parties m…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). This episode was recorded live at the Kia Oval following the general election hustings event on 4 December. We are joined by the Alliance's Parliamentary Policy Officer, Ryan McCullough (@RyMcCullough21) to review what was discussed as the physical activi…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). This episode continues our series of special weekly general election updates from the Alliance's Parliamentary Policy Officer, Ryan McCullough (@RyMcCullough21). We analyse the manifestos of the Conservatives and Labour Party, take a look at the latest po…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). This episode continues our series of special weekly general election updates from the Alliance's Parliamentary Policy Officer, Ryan McCullough (@RyMcCullough21). We sit down to discuss the launch of each Election manifesto from the Liberal Democrats and t…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). This episode starts a series of special weekly updates from the Alliance's Parliamentary Policy Officer, Ryan McCullough (@RyMcCullough21). We sit down to discuss the launch of the Sport and Recreation Alliance's General Election Manifesto, how cross-part…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). This episode celebrates World Mental Health Day as we look at the issue of inclusiveness in the sector. We are joined by the Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Tracey Shorthouse and Programme Partnerships Officer for Sport and Leisure, Steve McFadyen. As some…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). In this special episode we invite Tom Walker, contributing Editor at Sports Management magazine, to sit down with Alliance CEO Lisa Wainwright for a one-to-one chat. In this exclusive interview, the pair discuss Lisa’s background in the sector and her amb…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). This episode we welcome three organisations who are effectively targeting hard to reach communities in order to get children and young people active. Each has fascinating stories to share on their success, their challenges and their impact. It is a fantas…
 
Hosted by Alex Sexton, Communications Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Alexx_Sexxton). This episode we take a look into Crowdfunding and how, when used effectively, it can help to supplement income generation among sport and recreation organisations. With funding being a very real and regular concern among a large proportion of our membersh…
 
Hosted by Rob Arnott, Communications and Member Engagement Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@RobArnott99). This week we dive into the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Scheme which allows local amateur sports clubs to register with HMRC and benefit from a range of tax and giving benefits, including Gift Aid. With the latest Sports Club Su…
 
Hosted by Rob Arnott, Communications and Member Engagement Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@RobArnott99). To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we welcome a number of guests to the show. Ben Jessup, Policy Adviser at the Alliance, sits down with Hayley Jarvis, Mind’s Head of Physical Activity to discuss the Mental Health Charter for Sport a…
 
Hosted by Rob Arnott, Communications and Member Engagement Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@RobArnott99). This week we welcome Andy Parkinson, CEO of British Rowing on to the show. Having led British Rowing through a period of significant change over the past four years we asked Andy: “A modern national governing body which celebrates the p…
 
Hosted by Rob Arnott, Communications and Member Engagement Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@RobArnott99) Our recent Fit for the Future Convention brought senior leaders from across the sport and recreation sector together to discuss behaviour change and how we can collectively influence more people to be more active, more often. During the …
 
The Sport and Recreation Podcast – Episode 2 – Brexit Hosted by Rob Arnott, Communications and Member Engagement Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@RobArnott99) Speakers: Leigh Thompson, Policy Manager, Sport and Recreation Alliance (@Leigh_DT) - Leigh is the Alliance’s resident expert on Brexit and its effects on the sport and recreation sec…
 
In this mini episode, host Rob Arnott and Alliance CEO Emma Boggis introduce The Sport and Recreation Podcast and touch on what you can expect from us in the coming months. We'd love to hear from you about anything sport and recreation related; if you have an idea, some good practice to share, a question, or want to join us for a chat, get in touch…
 
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