Outdoor Recreation Village 2008 in Glendale Will Highlight Excitement and Benefits of Active Outdoor Lives

Washington D.C. (December 20, 2007) - America’s wonderfully diverse outdoor recreation opportunities will be showcased and celebrated at the Outdoor Recreation Village from January 31 to February 3, 2008, at Westgate City Center (Glendale, AZ) in conjunction with the Big Game. The outdoors will be on display through the efforts of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and dozens of partners ranging from federal agencies which manage one-third of the surface of the nation to key recreation businesses, including Forever Resorts, LLC and The Coleman Company.

Visitors to the Outdoor Recreation Village can wander from “neighborhood” to “neighborhood” checking out all of the exciting recreation activities. A center stage will host special demonstrations by a diverse group of presenters, including the Arizona WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World campers. These inner-city youth will share their experiences of an overnight camp-out in the heart of their community which opened their eyes to healthy outdoor fun that is available on public lands across the nation.

One neighborhood is labeled “Get Outdoors Opportunities.” This area will showcase trails, byways, campgrounds and more. Visitors will learn how easy it is to use the Internet to find great places to go and even make reservations at campgrounds and for special tours and programs. Another neighborhood ,“Get Outdoors Initiatives,” will tell the story of public-private efforts that encourage more active, healthy lifestyles, including Get Outdoors USA! and Get Outdoors Day. A third neighborhood will highlight “Get Outdoors Technologies,” offering new ways to enjoy the outdoors with hand-held GPS units that are at the heart of geocaching and to learn about the outdoors with Pocket Rangers and more. Government agencies and recreation organizations will work together in the Village just as they do in the Great Outdoors.

“This is an exciting opportunity allowing families and youth to discover the countless recreational choices we have to enjoy in the great outdoors,” stated Rex Maughan, President of Forever Resorts. “This is one of the reasons we refer to our mosaic of parks and forests and lakes and refuges as the great outdoors,” said Mr. Maughan.

Visitors to the Outdoor Recreation Village will feel the spirit of the outdoors thanks to product displays by Forever, Coleman, Airstream and other companies. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association and other industry leaders are also lending their strong support for this unique interactive recreation event with boating and fishing simulators and systems that unlock the secrets of the best boating and fishing spots.

ARC President Derrick Crandall explained, “Our guests can sample high-tech activities like geocaching, get information on planning visits to the one-third of the nation managed by federal agencies like the National Park Service, try out fishing and boating simulators, tour a luxury Forever houseboat and more. We’ll also invite people to come by to sign up to be a junior ranger or a Take Pride in America volunteer, to find out about Pocket Rangers – and download free podcasts about exciting places to see outdoors. And we’ll also have some celebrities with us.”

For more information, go to www.foreveroutdoorvillage.com

About Get Outdoors USA! Get Outdoors USA! is a national movement dedicated to helping children live healthy, active outdoor lives. Through outdoor activity children receive benefits of mind, body and spirit and are able to experience the national treasures that belong to all Americans. The American Recreation Coalition launched Get Outdoors USA! in April 2007. More information about the organization is available at www.getoutdoorsusa.com