American Recreation Coalition

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Alexandria, VA– The Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (Trust), will engage the next generation in an Every Kid in the Park event on Friday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 75 Lyles Crouch Elementary School 4th grade students will come to Jones Point Park to participate in a morning of fishing, boating, and conservation activities to connect them to their local parks and the Potomac River. The Trust’s STEM on the Potomac educational program will also bring TC Williams High School STEM Academy 11th grade students will join as mentors for the 4th grade students.

Chasing Digital Creatures is Old News to US Forest Service

Chasing Digital Creatures is Old News to U.S. Forest Service - Discovery Agents turns augmented reality mobile gaming into education

Washington DC - A year before augmented reality arrived on the scene, the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) had embraced the power and allure of technology to get kids moving and learning. The agency’s leadership recognized that lifestyles and family preferences are evolving rapidly and as a result, methods for engaging kids outdoors must also adapt. To capture the imagination of today’s youth and families, they partnered with Discovery Agents to customize an augmented reality game as dynamic as the huge and diverse national forest system. The Discovery Agents mobile game, available for both Apple and Android devices, is allowing families to explore and learn during hundreds of millions of visits annually.

Sec. Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of Maine's North Woods

Secretary Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of the First National Monument to Preserve Landscape, History & Culture of Maine’s North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument Permanently Protects Mountains, Forests & Waters of North-Central Maine, Builds on Robust Tradition of Growing National Park System through Private Philanthropy

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today applauded President Obama’s designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the first national monument to preserve the landscape and honor the history and culture of Maine’s North Woods. The President’s use of the Antiquities Act to make this designation permanently protects 87,500 acres of lands donated to the National Park Service earlier this week by the Elliottsville Plantation, Inc., (EPI), including the East Branch of the Penobscot River and its tributaries, one of the most pristine watersheds in the Northeast.

Boating Industry's 2016 "State of the Industry" Webinar

The state of the boating industry is good. That’s the message from Boating Industry’s “2016 State of the Boating Industry” webinar. According to the report, powerboat sales are up 5 - 7%, and when you include sales of Personal Watercraft, sales are up 9%. While sales are not yet back to pre-recession levels, boat sales have been steadily growing for four years, and at least two more years of solid growth is projected. The industry continues to struggle with an aging population, but efforts are underway to try and reverse this trend.

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It's All Yours: Discover the Forest with Pete's Dragon

There’s magic in the forests—and, it’s all yours to discover! Visit It's All Yours to explore the magic of our nation’s and see Disney’s new film, “Pete’s Dragon” in theaters Friday, August 12.

NPS Turns 100 August 25!

You're invited to the National Park Service's 100th birthday August 25!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and they're inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!

To get you started, we've gathered a sampling of special programs taking place and listed them below. But hundreds of other August events across the country can be found at FindYourPark.com and EncuentraTuParque.com.

Park Rx: A Three Part Webinar Series

Park Rx
Creating and Strengthening Park Prescription Programs: A Three-Part Webinar Series

The National ParkRx Initiative is excited to announce a series of free webinars that will explore some of the most important elements for successful park prescription programs.

Learn how to create, improve and promote your own park prescription program while hearing real-world examples of how organizations incorporated the National ParkRx Initiative into their work.

Each webinar will draw on case studies and best practices from expert medical doctors, park professionals and public health officials in the ParkRx movement.

AAA Survey Shows Increased Interest Interest in National Parks

AAA Survey Shows Increased Interest in National Parks

National Parks are more popular than ever! According to a AAA study, 79% of Americans say they are as likely or more likely to visit a national park in the next 12 months, likely building on the momentum of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary next month.

The survey found that 85% of adults have visited at least one national park, and more than 70% say national parks are a "must-see" vacation destination. Even the nation's most sought-after demographic - Millennials - is expressing a greater interest in parks with 46% saying they are more likely to visit a national park in the next year, outpacing both Generation X and Baby Boomers.

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:

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