News Releases

Concessioners Help Visitors Contribute to National Parks

Concessioners Help Visitors Contribute to National Parks
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Washington, D.C. (December 2, 2016) - National park visitors are making important gifts to many of America’s most iconic destinations through the National Park Service’s Guest Donation program! Donations of just one dollar per stay at America’s national park lodges and other overnight facilities generated more than $1 million in 2015, and are nearing $1 million in 2016, according to park concessioners and the National Park Foundation. The funds are available for use within the collecting park by qualifying non-profit groups. Eligible uses include restoration projects, trail maintenance, expanded visitor services and more.

Voters in Alabama, Missouri Vote to Preserve Park Funding

Voters in Alabama, Missouri Vote to Support Park Funding

Voters went to the polls this week to decide a number of issues, and in Missouri and Alabama, voters overwhelmingly voted to protect and maintain park funding.

Georgia, RBFF Successful in Retaining First-Time License Buyers

Georgia, RBFF Successful in Retaining First-Time License Buyers
Source: RBFF Newswaves

While millions of individuals take up fishing each year (6.2 million in 2015), roughly just as many leave the sport for various reasons. To combat this trend and retain first-time fishing license purchasers, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Georgia Wildlife Resources Division partnered on a New Angler Retention Pilot Program. Through the year-long program, the organizations were able to measure the impact of email communication on a new angler's purchase of a license the following year.

I-GO: It's Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy

I-GO: It's Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy
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ARC, Agents of Discovery and Forest Service Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors

ARC, Agents of Discovery and Forest Service Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors
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Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2016) - Interactive, mobile gaming is coming to America’s national forests! The American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Agents of Discovery and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are teaming up to bring educational, movement-based interactive gaming to dozens of national forest sites across the country.

Recreation Leaders Address NASPD Conference

Recreation Leaders Address NASPD Conference

A trio of recreation community leaders - ARC President Derrick Crandall, NMMA VP for State Government Relations David Dickerson and RVDA President Phil Ingrassia - addressed the National Association of State Park Directors 2016 Conference in French Lick, Indiana last week. The mood was upbeat, and no wonder - state parks are reporting that visitation is up. Virginia has an especially good story to tell with almost one million visitors - through July 31 - than the same time last year! State parks continue to be one of the best opportunities for healthy, active outdoor fun on public lands and waters across the country. See their presentation here. For more state park facts, click here.

Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks

TRAILBLAZING: 100 Years of our National Parks

Did you know that a village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon eats most of its mail? Or that one of America’s newest national park units was once so secret it used multiple undercover addresses? Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks, a two-year temporary exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, chronicles these and numerous other intersections between the mail and our national parks. Featuring original postage stamp art from the United States Postal Service and artifacts loaned by the National Park Service, Trailblazing explores the myriad and sometimes surprising ways that mail moves to, through, and from our national parks.

2016 Beacon Awards

2016 BEACON AWARD WINNERS APPLY TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE RECREATION IN AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS
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Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2016) - Five federal efforts have won Beacon Awards in 2016 from the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) for outstanding successes in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management. Winners were selected from efforts of four federal agencies. Beacon Awards were first presented by the American Recreation Coalition in 2005. Nominations are made by federal agencies and are judged against the award criteria, which are:

The American Recreation Coalition and the US Forest Service are Teaming Up to Use Mobile Gaming Technology to Get Kids Outdoors

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming June 13, 2016: As an exciting wrap up to this year's Great Outdoors Western Campout in Jackson, WY, the U.S. Forest Service is pleased to announce the launch of the Discovery Agents mobile game at Bridger-Teton National Forest. On Tuesday, June 14 at the Snow King Resort, 18 western governors will join families with fourth graders and grab their mobile devices to step into an exciting world of outdoor exploration through virtual reality and geo-located challenges.

Great Outdoors Western Campout Aids Governors' Efforts Boosting Outdoor Fun

GREAT OUTDOORS WESTERN CAMPOUT AIDS GOVERNORS’ EFFORTS BOOSTING OUTDOOR FUN
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Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2016) – Families with 4th graders from across the western United States will meet in Grand Teton National Park for the first-ever Great Outdoors Western Campout and enjoy a high dose of healthy, active outdoor fun. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, who also chairs the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) – in cooperation with the Great Outdoors Month® Partnership – will host the families June 10-15 in and around Jackson, Wyoming. The event will celebrate Great Outdoors Month® and the National Park Service Centennial, as well as coincide with the WGA summer meeting, where the social and economic impact of outdoor recreation will be a major topic.