News Releases

Governors Matt Mead and Jay Nixon Receive 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon have been selected to receive the 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community's most prestigious award. The awards will be presented to each Governor in his office by leaders of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Company. In addition, plans are underway to honor the Governors in Washington, D.C. during February 2016.

ARC Urges Senate Action to Aid Great Outdoors Visitors


Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2015) – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee expressing its support for the reauthorization and modification of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The committee will hold a hearing September 17 on FLREA which can be watched here

FLREA – enacted in 2004 – authorizes the collection and retention of entrance and recreation fees for most of the major federal recreation providers: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. While management of recreation on our federal lands remains funded primarily by appropriations of general funds, FLREA supplements those appropriations with more than $300 million annually in entrance and campground fees and other recreation-related charges.

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


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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.

National Park Service Solicits Letters to the Future from Local Students

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Bushkill, PA -- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue is asking students in grades K-12 to write a letter to the future. The letters will be buried in a time capsule for the next 50 years. “We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016,” explained Donahue. In commemoration of these two historic milestones, employees at the park are sending a message to the future. “We want that message to include the voices of today’s youth since they will be the ones entrusted with the care of special places like this in the future.”

Field and Stream Stores In Five States Join Federal Agencies and Coleman to Boost America the Beautiful Pass, Great Outdoors

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Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2015) – Governors in 13 states across the country are joining forces with park agencies and other partners to introduce kids and families in their states to outdoor recreation through Capital Campouts during Great Outdoors Month™ – a national celebration of the benefits of outdoor recreation throughout the month of June.

Governors John Hickenlooper (CO), Jack Markell (DE), Mike Pence (IN), Terry Branstad (IA), Sam Brownback (KS), Charlie Baker (MA), Jay Nixon (MO), Steve Bullock (MT), Maggie Hassan (NH), Gina Raimondo (RI), Terry McAuliffe (VA), Jay Inslee (WA), and Matt Mead (WY) are each hosting events in or near their capital cities – a remarkably bipartisan group of national leaders.

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


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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


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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.