U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee Focuses on Welcoming the Next Generation to National Parks

U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee Focuses on Welcoming the Next Generation to National Parks

The next generation of park visitors was recently in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks held a hearing September 27 titled Encouraging the Next Generation to Visit National Parks. Federal agencies, partner organizations, leading technology companies and more – including ARC members AccessParks and NIC, Inc. – provided insights into how the National Park Service can build partnerships and leverage technology to attract younger visitors and improve their experiences on America’s public lands and waters.

The meeting was chaired by U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), who has championed outdoor recreation on the floor of the Senate, and earlier this year assembled a bipartisan team of Senators to pass the first-ever Senate resolution declaring June 2017 Great Outdoors Month®.

Witnesses included:

  • Lena McDowell – Deputy Director for Management and Administration, National Park Service
  • Yennie Fuller – Manager, Civil and Social Impact, Niantic Inc. (the company behind Pokémon GO)
  • John Leong – CEO, Kupu Hawaii
  • Angela Fultz Nordstrom – Vice President, NIC, Inc. (read her testimony here)
  • Tim Rout – CEO, AccessParks (read his testimony here)
  • Will Shafroth – President & CEO, National Park Foundation
  • The hearing was livestreamed, and can be watched here.