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,, America's State Parks and much more, it is your one stop shop for fun in America's Great Outdoors.

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  • 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.

    U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

    U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

    The U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June 2017 “Great Outdoors Month!” Action on Senate Resolution 199 was delayed beyond June by contentious debate over issues like healthcare, but active outdoor fun on America’s public lands and waters continues to enjoy bipartisan support. The resolution was introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and was cosponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). Read the full resolution here.

    Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

    Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

    Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2017) – Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 27. Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs, and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry.

    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 President Trump even retweeted a message from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke celebrating the Presidential Proclamation!

    2017 CRT Awards

    Coalition for Recreational Trails Honors Outstanding Trail Projects and State Program

    Ten trail projects and a State Trail Program have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) as recipients of its 2017 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards. The awards – named for former Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri – recognize outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. These projects will be honored at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 14 as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month®.