American Recreation Coalition

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

Sec. Jewell with GOM Procs

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell displays President Obama’s proclamation of June as Great Outdoors Month, in front of similar proclamations from state Governors. Proclamations can be viewed and downloaded

Get Outdoors USA! Award Given to Leading Forest Friends Group

The first Get Outdoors USA! Award was given to the San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA) at its meeting in late November 2007 by Derrick Crandall, President of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and coordinator of the new national effort to boost participation in healthy outdoor fun. The award will enable the association to purchase a fleet of canoes and related equipment for environmental-education and water-safety programs at the Big Bear Discovery Center, a unique partnership program of the USDA Forest Service and SBNFA.

"Last Child in the Woods" Meets "More Kids in the Woods"

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2007) - Author Richard Louv brought his warning that modern societal forces are separating children from nature to a Washington, D.C., gathering of recreation community leaders and applauded a new partnership-based response to that trend led by the USDA Forest Service. The response, “More Kids in the Woods,” is a challenge-grant program initially involving 24 programs across the nation and $1.5 million in Forest Service and non-federal funds.

Louv spoke passionately about the potential repercussions of today’s youth losing a personal connection to the outdoors. According to Louv, “We care for what we know and love.” He told the group that if today’s children don’t have “transformational experiences in the outdoors” during their youth, they are unlikely, as adults, to be engaged in public policy deliberations about our forests and parks and about environmental issues like global warming.

He offered a message of hope, saying that his travels across the United States and Canada have shown him that there is a movement for change. “The problems cannot be overcome with a single, cookie-cutter response,” he warned, and he also cautioned against alarmist rhetoric that hampers a child’s sense of wonder and joy about outdoor experiences.