American Recreation Coalition

On EKiaP Day of Action, White House Announces Commitments to Getting Nearly Half a Million Kids Outside

Today, the White House is announcing that more than two dozen foundations, companies and nonprofit organizations have signed on to the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, committing to funding trips to America’s national parks and other public lands and waters for nearly half a million 4th grade children. This announcement is just one of many events happening across the country to celebrate National Park Week and the centennial year of the National Park Service.

Launched in September 2015, the Every Kid in a Park initiative provides all 4th graders and their families with free access to our country’s public lands and waters for a full year. Since the launch of the initiative, private companies, nonprofits and other youth-serving groups have responded to the President’s call to action to get all children to visit and enjoy America’s unparalleled outdoors, taking action to ensure that all children can have this opportunity. In addition to demonstrating the breadth of support for Every Kid in a Park, today’s commitments include several new steps to expand the initiative, including the launch of a public awareness campaign and website, EveryKidinaPark.org, a commitment from outdoor retailer REI to fund trips for all 4th graders in Washington D.C. public schools, and a 75 percent Amtrak discount for 4th graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass when purchased with a full fare adult ticket.

Outdoor Recreation in America - An Agenda for the Clinton/Gore Administration

A PDF version of this report is available here

In 1993, a large group of outdoor recreation community leaders from the private sector presented several relatively simple ways the newly-elected Clinton Administration could move forward on natural resource conservation and the promotion of outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands. Their recommendations - dubbed "Outdoor Recreation in America: An Agenda for the Clinton-Gore Administration" - detailed 12 programs the administration could use to enhance outdoor recreation in America:

Gov. Nixon Receives Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award in Jefferson City

Derrick Crandall, Dominic Bravo, Martin McDonnell, Gov. Jay Nixon, Dave Allen and Bill Bryan in Jefferson City.

Reservoirs of Opportunity

In 1999 after a year of work, a panel of distinguished Americans from the public and private sector – the National Recreation Lakes Study Commission – documented almost 2,000 federally managed man-made lakes and the recreational opportunities they provide. They found that these lakes are a powerful recreation attraction, but have massively untapped potential. The commission made several recommendations to enhance recreation opportunities available at these lakes, but unfortunately bad laws constrained them from making any real changes. As the National Park Service Centennial brings new focus to recreation opportunities on the nation’s public lands and waters, ARC is revitalizing these ideas.

Federal Agencies Announce Fee Free Days for 2016

Federal land and water management agencies have announced their fee-free days for 2016! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will have no entrance fees on a combined 36 days, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most are linked to special holidays and events and there are often special offers by agency partners. Keep checking here as more and more partner events are announced. The 2016 fee-free days are:

  • National Park Service: January 18 (Martin Luther King Day), April 16-24 (National Park Week), August 25-28 (National Park Service Birthday), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • Subcommittee on Federal Lands to Hold Legislative Hearing on Discussion Draft of the "National Park Service Centennial Act"

    Subcommittee on Federal Lands to Hold Legislative Hearing on Discussion Draft of the “National Park Service Centennial Act”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 10:00 AM, in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the “National Park Service Centennial Act.”

    WHAT: Subcommittee on Federal Lands legislative hearing on “National Park Service Centennial Act” discussion draft

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 AM

    Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2016

    POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION IN 2016
    This news release is available as a PDF here

    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

    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

    CONGRESSIONAL ALLIES CHAMPION RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM ON EVE OF THE 114TH CONGRESS
    This post is also available in PDF form here

    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).