Great Outdoors Month 2016 Proclamations

June is a special time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. National leaders for years have issued proclamations recognizing this month as Great Outdoors Month, a time when America celebrates its natural treasures. This recognition highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors in our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Proclamations generate widespread media attention, encouraging millions of American families to move outside, and prompting public discussion of important issues linked to outdoor recreation, including volunteerism, health, and outdoor ethics.

Outdoor Recreation in America - An Agenda for the Clinton/Gore Administration

A PDF version of this report is available here

In 1993, a large group of outdoor recreation community leaders from the private sector presented several relatively simple ways the newly-elected Clinton Administration could move forward on natural resource conservation and the promotion of outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands. Their recommendations - dubbed "Outdoor Recreation in America: An Agenda for the Clinton-Gore Administration" - detailed 12 programs the administration could use to enhance outdoor recreation in America:

Gov. Nixon Receives Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award in Jefferson City

Derrick Crandall, Dominic Bravo, Martin McDonnell, Gov. Jay Nixon, Dave Allen and Bill Bryan in Jefferson City.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Receives 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON RECEIVES 2015 SHELDON COLEMAN GREAT OUTDOORS AWARD
This news release is available as a PDF here

Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2016) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon received the 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Awards at a ceremony in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 28. Recreation leaders from the private and public sectors joined the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Company as Governor Nixon received the recreation community's most prestigious award. Governor Nixon shares the 2015 award with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, who was recognized in Cheyenne on December 9.

Partners Outdoors 2016 Will Showcase Great Ideas for the Great Outdoors, Build Agenda for Recreation's Future

Partners Outdoors 2016 Will Showcase Great Ideas for the Great Outdoors, Build Agenda for Recreation's Future
This release is available as a PDF here

Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2016) – Outdoor recreation community leaders from the public and private sectors will come together to discuss new ideas and ways forward for America’s Great Outdoors at Partners Outdoors 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of the Interior June 1-2. The unique meeting has been designed by a consortium of federal, state and private entities coordinated by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC).

Partners Outdoors 2016

PARTNERS OUTDOORS 2016
A full meeting overview can be found here
A draft meeting schedule can be found here

Planning for Partners Outdoors 2016 is in full swing. This year’s gathering – taking place June 1 and 2 – will reaffirm the recreation community’s continuing commitment to provide the public with exceptional outdoor recreation experiences today and tomorrow.

Reservoirs of Opportunity

In 1999 after a year of work, a panel of distinguished Americans from the public and private sector – the National Recreation Lakes Study Commission – documented almost 2,000 federally managed man-made lakes and the recreational opportunities they provide. They found that these lakes are a powerful recreation attraction, but have massively untapped potential. The commission made several recommendations to enhance recreation opportunities available at these lakes, but unfortunately bad laws constrained them from making any real changes. As the National Park Service Centennial brings new focus to recreation opportunities on the nation’s public lands and waters, ARC is revitalizing these ideas.

Federal Agencies Announce Fee Free Days for 2016

Federal land and water management agencies have announced their fee-free days for 2016! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will have no entrance fees on a combined 36 days, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most are linked to special holidays and events and there are often special offers by agency partners. Keep checking here as more and more partner events are announced. The 2016 fee-free days are:

  • National Park Service: January 18 (Martin Luther King Day), April 16-24 (National Park Week), August 25-28 (National Park Service Birthday), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)