ARC, Agents of Discovery and USFS Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors

ARC, Agents of Discovery and USFS Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors

Interactive, mobile gaming is coming to America’s national forests! ARC, Agents of Discovery and USFS are teaming up to bring educational, movement-based interactive gaming to national forest sites across the country.

Discovery Agents has the potential to be a game-changer for interpretive and educational programs on public lands and waters. To help expand opportunities, ARC and Agents of Discovery are gathering with representatives from federal and state recreation leaders as well as partners from the travel and tourism industries and conservation and youth advocacy interests at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 27.

Kubo and the Two Strings Helps Discover the Forest Get Kids Outdoors

Kubo and the Two Strings Helps Discover the Forest Get Kids Outdoors

The U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council have partnered with critically-acclaimed movie Kubo and the Two Strings to help encourage families to reconnect with nature through Discover the Forest! Oregon-based Laika Entertainment – which made the film – produced pro bono PSAs featuring clips and screenshots from the movie. Like the National Forest Foundation’s collaboration with Pete’s Dragon earlier this summer, the PSAs focus on the idea that adventures can be found all around, but the best place to start is the forest. The Kubo and the Two Strings PSAs invite people to visit DiscoverTheForest.org to find a forest nearby to plan their own adventure.

As America Heads to the Polls, Candidates Use Parks to Bring People Together

As America Heads to the Polls, Candidates Use Parks to Bring People Together

It’s Election Day, time to get out and vote! America is choosing our next President and Congress, and candidates from both parties are using parks and other public lands and waters to highlight American values and strengthen national unity. Earlier this week, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) tweeted about his visit to Cuyahoga National Park, where he visited junior rangers and showcased the good work being done to bring younger, more diverse populations to Ohio’s public lands and waters. As Election Day plays out, it is important to remember the power that our public lands and waters have to bring us together as a nation and provide opportunities for healthy, active fun for all Americans.

National Parks Campgrounds of Tomorrow

National Parks Campgrounds of Tomorrow

Visits to national parks hit record numbers this year during the Centennial of the National Park Service. However, overnight stays in national parks – particularly at campsites – are down. The American Recreation Coalition convened a group of visionary recreation leaders at Grand Teton National Park to discuss taking on this challenge and more during a session held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Western Governors’ Association in June. Longtime RV industry leader Mike Schneider, former CEO of Affinity Group, Inc., who co-moderated the energetic discussion, reported on some of the group’s excellent recommendations – addressing issues like visitor preferences, technology, funding and transportation – in an article for Woodall’s Campground Management. Go to funoutdoors.com/WoodallArticle to read his thought-provoking article.

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike!

Ring in the New Year with a First Day Hike!
NASPD's press release is available as a PDF here.

Make a New Year’s resolution to boost your health and happiness by kicking off 2017 with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you. On January 1, all 50 states will be participating in the sixth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration.

Recreational Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

Recreational Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – a landmark achievement of federal transportation legislation – is turning 25! And there is much to celebrate. The RTP has funded 22,000 trail projects all across the country, benefiting millions of diverse trail users – hikers and bikers, equestrians and snowmobilers, OHVers and paddlers, cross-country skiers, four-wheel drivers and more. States continue to add miles of trails as well as needed maintenance and improvements through grants to local project sponsors each year.

2016 Recreational Trails Program One Pager

  • The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was created by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), reauthorized in 1998 as part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), again in 2005 through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), and the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Most recently, the RTP was reauthorized as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which covers Fiscal Years 2016 through 2020 and was signed by the President on December 4, 2015.
  • Congress Passes NPS Centennial Bill

    Congress Passes NPS Centennial Bill
    To read the Centennial Act one-pager, click here
    To read the full text of the bill, click here

    The United States Senate passed The National Park Service Centennial Act on December 10 without changes from a House of Representatives version passed December 6. The bill now heads to the President's desk to become a law.