Doctors and Parks Join Forces on National ParkRx Day

Doctors and Parks Join Forces on National ParkRx Day

Parks, communities and healthcare providers are joining forces across the country to celebrate the second annual National ParkRx Day (ParkRx Day) Sunday, April 23…and they want you to join!

2017 North American Camping Report Released by KOA

2017 North American Camping Report Released by KOA
The 2017 North American Camping Report is availablehere

BILLINGS, MT (March 15, 2017) – An estimated 13 million U.S. households plan to camp more in 2017 than they did in 2016, and more than 1 million new households have started camping each year since 2014. Millennials are driving this growth as they take to the outdoors in greater numbers, and they have no intention of letting up. This is according to the results of the 2017 North American Camping Report, an annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA).

Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary Zinke

Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary Zinke
This release is available as a PDF here.

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2017) – The United States Senate today confirmed U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior by a 68-31 vote of bipartisan support. His confirmation drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), which strongly backed his nomination.

ORIR Submits Testimony to Key Congressional Committees

ORIR Submits Testimony to Key Congressional Committees

Republicans, Democrats, business leaders, unions – and voters – all agree that the nation’s infrastructure needs modernization and expansion. While details are still in the discussion stage, especially how to pay for expanded infrastructure investments, the nation’s outdoor recreation leadership is gearing up its campaign to ensure that the definition of public infrastructure includes the roads, trails and facilities Americans need to enjoy the Great Outdoors and that the new infrastructure push extends well beyond urban road tolling.

ARC President Derrick Crandall Receives The Corps Network’s 2017 Champion Award

ARC President Derrick Crandall Receives The Corps Network’s 2017 Champion Award

The Corps Network (TCN) honored American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall with its 2017 Champion Award this morning (February 15) at the annual Corps Network Awards Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The Champion Award, The Corps Network’s highest honor, recognized Mr. Crandall for his continued support for service and conservation corps and their efforts to bolster the outdoor economy and recreation opportunities.

NPS Concessioner Delaware North Offers Great Visitor Experiences at Kennedy Space Center

NPS Concessioner Delaware North Offers Great Visitor Experiences at Kennedy Space Center

You can enjoy a world-class visitor experience at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida thanks to the work of concessioner Delaware North, which operates the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. From “Fly With an Astronaut” and rocket launch viewings to astronaut encounters and much more, visitors receive an up-close, hands-on feel for the incredible story of humans in space.

Partners Outdoors 2017 Overview

Partners Outdoors 2017: The Exciting Future of Outdoor Recreation
For a full Partners Outdoors 2017 Overview, click here.
For an Outline of Partners Outdoors 2017, click here.
For a Registration Form, click here.

Partners Outdoors 2017 will bring partners from the public and private sectors together to unify and focus recreation community efforts on core issues and showcase innovation in thinking and action. Brainstorming, visioning and action will be expected of all participants, and the program will celebrate the start of Great Outdoors Month. The Washington, D.C., area will once again host the event. The program will be a joint undertaking of private sector interests, coordinated through the American Recreation Coalition, federal agencies coordinated through the Federal Recreation Council, and state park agencies coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors.

The Greatest American Roadtrip

The Greatest American Road Trip

America's national parks are made up of 84 million acres of the most stunning landscapes anyone has ever seen. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial. To celebrate this momentous occasion, award-winning National Geographic photographer Jonathan Irish and writer Stefanie Payne hit the road with an Airstream trailer in tow to visit all 59 national parks in 52 weeks. Together, they created incredible photos, videos, articles and more celebrating the natural wonder of our public lands and waters.

How One Foundation Got Kids Interested in Skiing - With Its Own Ski Park

How One Foundation Got Kids Interested in Skiing - With Its Own Ski Park
This article was originally published 1/26/17 in "Associations Now" by Ernie Smith. Click here for the original story.

In the three winters that the National Winter Activity Center has been active, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation’s “living lab” has helped drive a massive interest in the slopes among New York City-area kids. Here’s how.

Increased Revenues from Ski Areas Bypass National Forests

Increased Revenues from Ski Areas Bypass National Forests

Colorado ski areas are enjoying a record year, but the national forests where they operate aren’t sharing the rewards. Here’s a good example, recently documented by The Aspen Times. The 11 ski resorts on the White River National Forest paid $20 million in government fees in fiscal 2016 – about $4 million more than the hosting forest’s entire budget – but all that money went to the U.S. Treasury instead of the forest. So did winter permit fees from other ski areas in national forests – an estimated $35 million in 2016.