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.

    Department of the Interior Names New NPS Deputy Director

    Department of the Interior Names New NPS Deputy Director

    The Department of the Interior today announced Paul Daniel (Dan) Smith as a new Deputy Director of the National Park Service (NPS). Smith brings nearly four decades of public service experience, including serving as superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia, to this important leadership role.

    Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
    Source: NPS Press Release

    ORIR and USDA Officials Discuss Improving Visitor Experiences on National Forests

    ORIR and USDA Officials Discuss Improving Visitor Experiences on National Forests

    Leaders from several Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) organizations met with Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment Dan Jiron and a key group of USDA officials, including many from the U.S. Forest Service (FS), on November 21. The ORIR group highlighted the importance of national forests to many world-class recreation experiences including boating, fishing, skiing, riding and much more. They emphasized that partnerships in recreation experiences are key to expanding access to – and enjoyment of – America’s public lands and waters.

    National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog

    National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog
    Source: NPS press release

    WASHINGTON – As part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity, the National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for road-based commercial tours would generate badly needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks. This includes roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services.

    FLREA Generates More Than $400 Million for Public Lands and Waters in FY2017

    FLREA Generates More Than $400 Million for Public Lands and Waters in FY2017

    According to new data reported by federal land and water management agencies, recreation fees collected from visitors under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) generated some $410 million in fiscal year 2017, a significant increase from the roughly $375 million generated in 2016. The American Recreation Coalition has updated its FLREA Infographic (below) to reflect this exciting success story, including where the revenue is spent!

    ARC, Agents of Discovery and NPS Help Kids Get Outdoors on the National Mall

    ARC, Agents of Discovery and NPS Help Kids Get Outdoors on the National Mall

    Fifth graders from Washington, D.C.’s School-Within-School joined the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Agents of Discovery and the National Park Service (NPS) on the National Mall November 7 for the launch of the newest Agents of Discovery mission site! Click here for media coverage of this exciting event.

    Interior and Agriculture Departments Sign Unprecedented MOU with Fishing and Boating Industry

    Interior and Agriculture Departments Sign Unprecedented MOU with Fishing and Boating Industry

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), American Sportfishing Association (ASA), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) October 30.  The unprecedented MOU – signed just after Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke declared October as National Hunting and Fishing Month – will expand cooperation for planning and implementing projects and activities to promote recreational fishing and boating conducted on public lands and waters.

    2017 FLREA Infographic