News Releases

ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
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Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2017) – The Department of the Interior has a new leader. Former U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on March 1, becoming the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

2016 Legends Award Winners Recognized by ARC

2016 LEGENDS AWARDS WINNERS RECOGNIZED BY ARC
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The American Recreation Coalition presented its 2016 Legends Awards to eight federal managers in recognition of outstanding efforts to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. The Awards were presented on June 2, 2016 during Great Outdoors Month® - ARC’s celebration of the value and importance of outdoor recreation. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program invites key federal agencies to nominate an individual whose extraordinary efforts have enhanced outdoor recreation programs and resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.