FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

(Washington, DC – June 23) America’s Great Outdoors is vital to the quality of life for most Americans and key to the nation’s $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry. The federal government manages nearly one-third of the nation’s surface area, making it integral to the health of an industry that supports some 7.6 million jobs. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) urges support for federal outdoor recreation programs in the FY2018 budget now being crafted by the Congress.

Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® is heading into its final weekend with more momentum than ever! President Trump proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month, joining all 50 states in recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal levels. And those voices are now joined by the United States Senate!

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Stresses Public Lands’ Infrastructure Needs During Congressional Budget Hearing

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Stresses Public Lands’ Infrastructure Needs During Congressional Budget Hearing

America’s public lands and waters were front and center on Capitol Hill June 22 as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified before the full House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources regarding the Department of the Interior’s FY2018 budget.

Secretary Zinke Addresses Partners Outdoors 2017

Watch Secretary Zinke Address Partners Outdoors 2017

RECx 2017 Videos

RECx 2017 Videos

RECx: Great Ideas for the Great Outdoors is a showcase for great ideas about outdoor recreation presented in brief TED-like talks that took place on Wednesday, May 31. The presentations focused on pitching a new idea or telling a success story that demonstrates how outdoor recreation experiences, opportunities and resources can be improved. Presentation topics included: innovative partnerships and programs; enhancing visitor experiences; engaging people – especially children – in the Great Outdoors; and using technology to create and protect recreation resources.

Outdoor Recreation Leadership Summit Videos

2017 Outdoor Recreation Leadership Summit Videos

The Annual Outdoor Recreation Leadership Summit (Day 2 of Partners Outdoors 2017) was held June 1. During a series of presentations and discussions, leaders of the new Administration, recreation and tourism industry executives and key federal and state agency representatives looked at the future of outdoor recreation, focusing on the short-term and long-term implications of developments affecting people, places, products, programs, partnerships and politics. Click on the links below to check out these insightful presentations!

7th Annual "Kids to Parks Day" is Saturday, May 20, 2017

7th Annual "Kids to Parks Day" is Saturday, May 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8, 2017) -- Children, families and schools in communities across America will celebrate their local, state and national parks and public lands on Saturday, May 20th in commemoration of the 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day. National Park Trust estimates that nearly one million people will attend 1,000 park events across the country in what is fast becoming America's national day of outdoor play.

U.S. Forest Service Engages Youth With Discovery Agents Technology

U.S. Forest Service Engages Youth With Discovery Agents Technology
50 sites now have game-based learning Missions created by U.S. Forest Service Interpreters

Kelowna, British Columbia - Discovery Agents, a leading educational technology platform, today announced the rollout of a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition. Kids, or "Agents," can now download the geo-triggered augmented reality (AR) app for free at 50 different forest sites.

Recreation Industry Leaders Complete Important Day of Policy Discussions with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Recreation Industry Leaders Complete Important Day of Policy Discussions with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2017) - Senior recreation industry corporate and trade association officials met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday, April 24, capping a full and encouraging day of discussions with Trump Administration officials. The meetings were organized by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) and began in Shenandoah National Park. Twelve hours later, the day’s discussions concluded in the office of the Secretary of the Interior in downtown Washington, DC.

Senior Administration Officials and Recreation Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion and Improvements

Senior Administration Officials and Recreation Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion and Improvements
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Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park April 24 to discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters. The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) at Skyland Resort – operated by National Park concessioner Delaware North.