Congressional Allies Champion Recreational Trails Program on Eve of the 114th Congress

CONGRESSIONAL ALLIES CHAMPION RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM ON EVE OF THE 114TH CONGRESS
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October 6, 2014 – An integral part of connecting people with their Great Outdoors in a fun and healthy way is America’s wonderful system of trails. Tens of thousands of miles of recreational trails crisscross all 50 states. A key resource for building, improving and maintaining trails for all enthusiasts is the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

National Parks Invite Visitors to Discover Something New in a Park with Free Admission on Nine Days in 2015

There are nine more reasons to enjoy national parks next year! The National Park Service will offer free admission to every visitor on nine days in 2015.

The 2015 entrance fee-free days are:

  • January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18 & 19: National Park Week’s opening weekend
  • August 25: National Park Service’s 99th birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • “Every day is a great day in a national park, and these entrance fee free days offer an extra incentive to visit one of these amazing places,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As we prepare to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, we are inviting all Americans to discover the beauty and history that lives in our national parks."

    Great Outdoors Month 2014 Wrap Up

    Great Outdoors Month 2014 was the most successful Great Outdoors Month yet! With proclamations from the President and all 50 governors - as well as PSAs by Governors Butch Otter (R-ID) and Mike Beebe (D-AR) urging their citizens to enjoy the Great Outdoors - enthusiasm at the highest levels was clear.

    A record number of events were held to celebrate Great Outdoors Month, including National Kids to Parks Day, hosted by the National Park Trust; the largest ever National Trails Day, hosted by the American Hiking Society; National Fishing and Boating Week, coordinated nationally by Take Me Fishing; the 13th annual National Marina Day, organized by the Association of Marina Industries; the largest ever National Get Outdoors Day, hosted by USFS and ARC; and the largest ever Great American Backyard Campout, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation.

    Great Outdoors Month Website

    The Great Outdoors Month website is full of useful information on different ways to get outdoors. With links to The National Wildlife Federation, Recreation.gov, America's State Parks and much more, it is your one stop shop for fun in America's Great Outdoors.

    You can visit the site at:

  • greatoutdoorsmonth.org
  • Partners Outdoors 2014 Videos

    Partners Outdoors 2014 is in the books and was one of the most successful yet! Partners from all over the recreation community came out to the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. to attend 3 days of spirited and inspirational discussion about how public and private entities can work better together to serve the public and share America’s Great Outdoors with everyone across the nation. Our 3 topics were: Funding Recreation in the Great Outdoors Sustainably, Hosting All Americans in their Great Outdoors and Working Better As Partners Outdoors. The lively discussions featured public and private heavyweights like National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall, Author Audrey Peterman, Virginia State Parks Director Joe Elton, Georgia State Parks Director Becky Kelley and many more. Monday’s first General Session, both General Sessions from Tuesday and Wednesday and Monday’s Beacon Awards are all available for viewing online.

    Preliminary GO Day 2014 Report

    The seventh National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) was the largest one yet! Held this year on June 14, GO Day links the efforts of hundreds of local, state and federal agencies, diverse nonprofit organizations in the health and youth-service fields, the recreation community and media interests. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and American Recreation Coalition (ARC) coordinated the event nationally, with help from GO Day’s National Sponsor OFF!®.

    Tens of thousands of people came out to enjoy America's Great Outdoors at 171 sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia. We are still gathering information from all our sites, but with over 50 locations now reporting in, our Preliminary National Get Outdoors Day 2014 Report is available here.

    News Release GO Day Fights Obesity

    NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY USES FUN TO FIGHT OBESITY

    This news release is available as a .pdf here.

    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.

    GO Day National Sponsor OFF! also a National Partner in Great Outdoors Month

    OFF!® is a national partner in Great Outdoors Month - which occurs the month of June. Proclaimed by the President and every governor, Great Outdoors Month features National Get Outdoors Day and other exciting ways to have fun outdoors. Among the other activities during the month are National Trails Day, National Fish and Boating Week, National Marina Day and the Great American Backyard Campout. These events plus key discovery zones like www.recreation.gov can put fresh air in your lungs and a smile on your face. For more information, go to greatoutdoorsmonth.org.

    GO Day Photo Mosaic

    GO Day participants from around the country sent in photos of themselves enjoying America’s Great Outdoors. Whether part of an official GO Day event, or just taking advantage of the natural wonders in our own backyards with help from Yonder, people of all ages proved there is no better way to achieve a fun, healthy lifestyle than getting outdoors as part of Great Outdoors Month. To celebrate this spirit, we took all the submitted photos and created a photo mosaic, which you can see here. We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any photos you want to see added, email them to bnasta@funoutdoors.com.