News Releases

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

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Washington, D.C. (Feb. 3, 2015) – President Barack Obama used his FY2016 budget request to outline plans to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation and to invite all Americans to help support their parks. His requests include $20 million annually to transport over a million urban youth to national parks and public lands, with dedicated youth coordinators to welcome them and their families, and a significant increase in the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge program, which leverages federal spending at least 1:1 with contributions and partner funding and helps reduce the large NPS deferred-maintenance backlog.

ARC at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

ARC President at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

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Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2014) - American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall addressed some 400 state conservation and recreation leaders gathered at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Natural Resources in Springfield, Missouri, on November 12 and 13. Crandall spoke at two concurrent sessions held the first day on “Connecting People to Resources Through Recreation” and keynoted the second day’s general session with a presentation titled “Now Is the Time: Action to Seize the Incredible Opportunities Offered by Missouri's Great Outdoors.”

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2015

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION IN 2015

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Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2014) – Outdoor recreation leaders report good sales and activities for 2014 and expectations of still stronger activity in 2015, according to a new report from the American Recreation Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2015. 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 whitewater outings, supporting millions of jobs in manufacturing, sales and service. Though the 2008 recession hurt, especially in sales of new equipment, 2014 brought strong recovery. And technology in the outdoors is blossoming, bringing lighter and stronger skis and bikes and new electronic devices, like hand-held GPS units and digital cameras, adding to outdoor fun.

Governors Leading Efforts to Connect Kids and the Great Outdoors

Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2015) – Governors across the nation are leading efforts to introduce kids and their families to healthy fun outdoors, using the shared legacy of public lands and waters. From issuing proclamations of Great Outdoors Month™ to hosting Capital Campouts to appearing in public service announcements, America’s Governors and their families are emerging as champions of the outdoors as key to wellness, education, economic development and strong families and communities. And the Governors are all taking on this exciting and important effort with great enthusiasm despite significant differences in background, location and politics.

News Release GO Day Fights Obesity

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY USES FUN TO FIGHT OBESITY

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Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2014) - Tens of thousands of American youth discovered that it can be fun to be healthy at National Get Outdoors Day events in June. Youth spend nearly eight hours a day in front of a screen, and America faces a health crisis as a result. Sedentary lifestyles are prompting an obesity epidemic that means today’s kids may live shorter lives than their parents. Growing numbers of healthcare professionals now tout outdoor, active fun as a remedy to these trends.

News Release Great American Backyard Campout

GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD CAMPOUT WILL CAP GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH SUCCESSES

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Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2014) -- Millions of Americans have responded to calls by the President, all 50 governors, the medical community and more to have fun this June in America’s Great Outdoors. They have enjoyed free fishing days and worked on trails, learned about new outdoor apps and been treated to free boat rides. One more great opportunity for active outdoor fun is coming up on Saturday, June 28 – the Great American Backyard Campout, coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation.

News Release FICOR Holds Forum at Partners Outdoors 2014

PARTNERS OUTDOORS 2014 BECOMES FORUM FOR FICOR PRIORITY ISSUES

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Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2014) - Partners in Stewardship Through Volunteers and 21st Century CSC – a featured part of the third day of Partners Outdoors 2014 – offered 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.

News Release Call For Clearer Invitation to Great Outdoors

OUTDOOR CHAMPIONS OF COLOR CALL FOR CLEARER INVITATION AND BETTER FRONT-COUNTRY VISITOR SERVICES

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Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2014) - AHosting All Americans in Their Great Outdoors@ was the theme that sparked the most passionate and inspired discussions at Partners Outdoors 2014, held this year at the U.S. Department of the Interior during Great Outdoors Month. The discussions were designed to move well beyond recognition that federal recreation sites receive low levels of visits from Americans of color and focus how barriers could be eliminated and greater visitation encouraged.

New Release President & Governors Proclaim Great Outdoors Month

GOVERNORS JOIN PRESIDENT OBAMA IN PROCLAIMING JUNE 2014 AS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH

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Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2014) - President Barack Obama, the Governors of every state and the Mayor of the District of Columbia have all proclaimed June 2014 as Great Outdoors Month. Great Outdoors Month is a bipartisan celebration of America's abundant and diverse outdoor recreation resources and the passion Americans have for conservation and volunteerism. Each proclamation stresses the legacy and the benefits of our nation’s outdoors – and urges participation in healthy outdoors fun.

News Release GO Day 2014

GO DAY BRINGS ACTIVE OUTDOORS FUN TO CITY KIDS, FAMILIES

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Washington, D.C. (June 10, 2014) - America’s Great Outdoors is inviting your visit on June 14th at nearly 200 sites across the country. National Great Outdoors Day (GO Day) is a time when hundreds of organizations team up to introduce youth and people who don’t usually partake in outdoor recreation to America’s great outdoors. GO Day offers activities for every age and skill level, ranging from traditional activities like campouts, hiking, and fishing, to newer recreation activities like urban farming.