News Releases

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.

Recreation Community Expresses Support for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account

RECREATION COMMUNITY SUPPORTS OUTDOOR RECREATION SATELLITE ACCOUNT (ORSA)
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Washington, DC (April 28, 2016) – Leading members of the recreation community recently applauded U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s announcement of the creation of a pilot Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) to assess the economic significance of outdoor recreation. The account will be a joint action between the Federal Recreation Council and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

National Park Campgrounds of the Future Will Be Focus of Wyoming Meeting

NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS OF THE FUTURE WILL BE FOCUS OF WYOMING MEETING
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Washington, D.C. - Camping in America’s national parks and at other federal recreation sites has created indelible memories for generations of Americans. Yet as the nation’s demography and lifestyles change, overnight stays in our parks and other federal lands have declined even as sales of outdoor equipment and recreation vehicles have grown. Top recreation leaders from the public and private sectors will meet during Great Outdoors Month® to discuss ways to sustain the role of these campgrounds as a gateway to life-long experiences in the outdoors.

National Park Service Launches Redesigned Website

National Park Service Launches Redesigned Website

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a redesigned NPS.gov website. The website has a new look and added features to help visitors find information quickly. “The new design is the result of a multi-year effort to transform NPS.gov into a world-class digital experience and communications tool,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “I think the best part of the redesign is that NPS.gov now works great on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.”

NPS Centennial Campaign Is Focus of 2016's First Recreation Exchange

NPS CENTENNIAL CAMPAIGN IS FOCUS OF 2016's FIRST RECREATION EXCHANGE
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Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2016) – Key officials of the National Park Foundation (NPF) reported on the first year of the FindYourPark Centennial campaign to recreation community leaders on March 8 at the American Recreation Coalition’s first Recreation Exchange of 2016.

NPF President Will Shafroth opened the Exchange by providing background on recent activities of the Foundation. “NPF’s mission is to protect, connect, inspire – partnering closely with the National Park Service to sustain the National Park System,” he said. He also noted the adoption and expansion of ambitious new fund-raising goals, and the importance of maintaining the inspiring spirt of the Centennial long past 2016.

Recreation Community Gathers Ideas For Boosting Outdoor Recreation

RECREATION COMMUNITY GATHERS IDEAS FOR BOOSTING OUTDOOR RECREATION
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Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2016) – America’s recreation community took an important step toward development of a new Blueprint for Getting More Americans Active Outdoors at a brainstorming session in Washington, D.C. March 8. A dozen strategies were offered by top recreation and conservation leaders. Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and Frank Hugelmeyer, President of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, opened the brainstorming and discussion process by recalling past advances for recreation from thinking big.