Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

Great Outdoors Month® may be coming to an end, but the fun just keeps on going. Discover the power of play this July during Park and Recreation Month! Whether it’s hiking, swimming, hitting the basketball court, or taking kids to the playground, parks offer healthy, active outdoor fun for everyone.

Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

This July, during Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) challenges everyone to get their play on with their local parks and recreation. Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, Zumba class, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park or discovering nature – parks offer something fun for everyone.

Great Outdoors Month® Hits Halfway Mark at Full Speed!

Great Outdoors Month® Hits Halfway Mark at Full Speed!

We’re officially halfway through Great Outdoors Month®! For the 15th year, the President has declared June as Great Outdoors Month®, with President Trump becoming the third president to do so. He is joined by all 50 governors in celebrating the healthful and economic benefits of active fun on America’s lands and waters. View and download the proclamations at greatoutdoorsmonth.org/proclamations. President Trump even retweeted a message from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke celebrating the Presidential Proclamation!

FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

(Washington, DC – June 23) America’s Great Outdoors is vital to the quality of life for most Americans and key to the nation’s $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry. The federal government manages nearly one-third of the nation’s surface area, making it integral to the health of an industry that supports some 7.6 million jobs. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) urges support for federal outdoor recreation programs in the FY2018 budget now being crafted by the Congress.

Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® is heading into its final weekend with more momentum than ever! President Trump proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month, joining all 50 states in recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal levels. And those voices are now joined by the United States Senate!

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Stresses Public Lands’ Infrastructure Needs During Congressional Budget Hearing

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Stresses Public Lands’ Infrastructure Needs During Congressional Budget Hearing

America’s public lands and waters were front and center on Capitol Hill June 22 as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified before the full House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources regarding the Department of the Interior’s FY2018 budget.

Outstanding Trail Projects and State Program Honored By the Coalition for Recreational Trails

Outstanding Trail Projects and State Program Honored By the Coalition for Recreational Trails

Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) with CRT Award Winners Jon Schweitzer and Kyle Roskam

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) presented 10 trail projects and a State Trail Program with its 2017 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards on June 14 at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month®. The awards – named for former Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri, a long-time champion of the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – recognize outstanding use of RTP funds. RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the federal gasoline taxes paid for fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks. Since 1993, the RTP had funded more than 22,000 projects for both motorized and nonmotorized trail use.

USFWS Acting Director Jim Kurth Encourages Americans to Get Outdoors During Great Outdoors Month®

USFWS Acting Director Jim Kurth Encourages Americans to Get Outdoors During Great Outdoors Month®

USFWS Midwest Region Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley (left) and Acting Director Jim Kurth

The President has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month® – a nationwide celebration of the healthful and economic benefits offered by outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waters. Federal agencies manage hundreds of millions of acres that host millions of recreation visits all across the country each year, and those agencies are actively participating in Great Outdoors Month®!

USFWS Acting Director Jim Kurth Encourages Americans to Get Outdoors During Great Outdoors Month®

USFWS Acting Director Jim Kurth Encourages Americans to Get Outdoors During Great Outdoors Month®

USFWS Midwest Region Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley (left) and Acting Director Jim Kurth

The President has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month® – a nationwide celebration of the healthful and economic benefits offered by outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waters. Federal agencies manage hundreds of millions of acres that host millions of recreation visits all across the country each year, and those agencies are actively participating in Great Outdoors Month®!

Secretary Zinke Addresses Partners Outdoors 2017

Watch Secretary Zinke Address Partners Outdoors 2017