American Recreation Coalition

Renewal Through Nature: America's National Parks and Their Effects on the Mind

Renewal Through Nature: America's National Parks and Their Effects on the Mind
Blog appearing on thinkfun.com.

It was early on a March morning when my mother and I began our trek. Breathing in the chilly, pine-scented air, we set out from our cabin to Mather Point, following the dimly lit trail to the canyon’s south rim. We had set out to see the Grand Canyon National Park sunrise, an experience lauded by many as a memory lasting a lifetime. We were not the only ones who had braved the near-freezing temperatures that morning. Dozens of fellow hikers had gathered to witness the Grand Canyon’s great awakening, bundled up with their cameras ready for action.

National Travel and Tourism Strategy

National Travel and Tourism Strategy

U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Director of Research Ron Erdmann and Brand USA Public Policy Communications Manager Jason Aul describe efforts and initiatives of the National Travel Tourism Strategy at Partners Outdoors 2016.

USFS and ARC are Teaming Up to Use Mobile Gaming Tech to Get Kids Outdoors

USFS and ARC are Teaming Up to Use Mobile Gaming Tech to Get Kids Outdoors
This release is available as a PDF here

On Thursday June 23rd, senior representatives from the U.S. Forest Service and American Recreation Coalition will come together, grab their mobile devices, and celebrate the official launch of the Discovery Agents mobile game and open up an exciting world of outdoor exploration through virtual reality and geo-located challenges. This interactive event comes on the heels of the announcement that the U.S. Forest Service and American Recreation Coalition have partnered to bring Discovery Agents to more than 60 national forests and grasslands across the country in 2016.

RECx IV Videos

RECx IV - Thinking Outside the Box
Sustainability with a View - Laurie Lamm, Assistant Director, Sustainable Operations, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Tongass National Forest

What if your site’s star attraction was disappearing? What would you do? How can you turn a challenge into an opportunity and gain partner support? The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is experiencing “Last Chance Tourism” as visitors travel to see the diminishing Mendenhall Glacier before it retreats from view. We are working to help visitors make connections between climate change and the impacts on a local scale.

Recreation Community Expresses Support for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account

Recreation Community Expresses Support for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account

The recreation community expressed its enthusiastic support March 23 for the creation and operation of an Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) to assess the economic significance of outdoor recreation. Right now, outdoor recreation’s economic impact is estimated at $650 billion. Expenditures on recreation create manufacturing jobs, jobs in retailing and repairs, lifeguard posts at public beaches and guide jobs in the backcountry, jobs at insurance firms and hotels. Federal agencies host more than a billion recreation visits and now tout the direct contributions to local and national economies.