American Recreation Coalition

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2016

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Washington, D.C. (October 29, 2015) – Outdoor recreation leaders report good sales and activities for 2015 and expectations of still stronger activity in 2016, according to a new report from the American Recreation Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2016. Americans spend more than $650 billion annually on equipment ranging from skis and tents to RVs and boats and on services ranging from fishing licenses to zip lines, supporting millions of jobs in manufacturing, sales and service. And renewed interest in outreach and promotion by federal land and water management agencies – based around the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration – is creating new opportunities for Americans everywhere to enjoy their great outdoors.

ARC Presents at Society of American Travel Writers Convention In Las Vegas


American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall addressed some 400 travel journalists, editors and publishers as part of the Society of American Travel Writers Convention in Las Vegas October 6. Crandall outlined the National Park Service Centennial, as well as new ways federal land and water management agencies are trying to connect with an increasingly urban and technologically-minded public.

Major Centennial programs Crandall discussed included Every Kid in a Park, Find Your Park, NPS’ Urban Agenda, the Centennial Challenge program and more. Crandall also talked about new opportunities for active, outdoor fun on federal lands including summer activities like hiking, biking, zip lining and more at major ski resorts – 60% of which are on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Every Kid in a Park

Administration Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass
Fourth Graders Can Now Obtain Pass that Grants Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters Nationwide for them and their Family

WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration today formally launched the new Every Kid in a Park program.

Starting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

Congressional Allies Champion Recreational Trails Program on Eve of the 114th Congress

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October 6, 2014 – An integral part of connecting people with their Great Outdoors in a fun and healthy way is America’s wonderful system of trails. Tens of thousands of miles of recreational trails crisscross all 50 states. A key resource for building, improving and maintaining trails for all enthusiasts is the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

National Parks Invite Visitors to Discover Something New in a Park with Free Admission on Nine Days in 2015

There are nine more reasons to enjoy national parks next year! The National Park Service will offer free admission to every visitor on nine days in 2015.

The 2015 entrance fee-free days are:

  • January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18 & 19: National Park Week’s opening weekend
  • August 25: National Park Service’s 99th birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • “Every day is a great day in a national park, and these entrance fee free days offer an extra incentive to visit one of these amazing places,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As we prepare to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, we are inviting all Americans to discover the beauty and history that lives in our national parks."

    Great Outdoors Month™ 2014 Wrap Up

    Great Outdoors Month 2014 was the most successful Great Outdoors Month™ yet! With proclamations from the President and all 50 governors - as well as PSAs by Governors Butch Otter (R-ID) and Mike Beebe (D-AR) urging their citizens to enjoy the Great Outdoors - enthusiasm at the highest levels was clear.

    A record number of events were held to celebrate Great Outdoors Month™, including National Kids to Parks Day, hosted by the National Park Trust; the largest ever National Trails Day, hosted by the American Hiking Society; National Fishing and Boating Week, coordinated nationally by Take Me Fishing; the 13th annual National Marina Day, organized by the Association of Marina Industries; the largest ever National Get Outdoors Day, hosted by USFS and ARC; and the largest ever Great American Backyard Campout, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation.

    News Release FICOR Holds Forum at Partners Outdoors 2014


    This news release is available as a .pdf here.

    Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2014) - Partners in Stewardship Through Volunteers and 21 Century CSC – a featured part of the third day of Partners Outdoors 2014 – offered st an exciting view of efforts underway and proposed for greatly expanding the role of conservation service corps and volunteers on public lands and waters. The two-hour session was developed by the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR), the coordinating body of directors of agencies that manage Federal outdoor recreation facilities, lands and waters.

    GO Day Photo Mosaic

    GO Day participants from around the country sent in photos of themselves enjoying America’s Great Outdoors. Whether part of an official GO Day event, or just taking advantage of the natural wonders in our own backyards with help from Yonder, people of all ages proved there is no better way to achieve a fun, healthy lifestyle than getting outdoors as part of Great Outdoors Month. To celebrate this spirit, we took all the submitted photos and created a photo mosaic, which you can see here. We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any photos you want to see added, email them to

    Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe Proclaims June Great Outdoors Month

    Idaho Governor Butch Otter Proclaims June 2014 Great Outdoors Month