On EKiaP Day of Action, White House Announces Commitments to Getting Nearly Half a Million Kids Outside

Today, the White House is announcing that more than two dozen foundations, companies and nonprofit organizations have signed on to the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, committing to funding trips to America’s national parks and other public lands and waters for nearly half a million 4th grade children. This announcement is just one of many events happening across the country to celebrate National Park Week and the centennial year of the National Park Service.

Launched in September 2015, the Every Kid in a Park initiative provides all 4th graders and their families with free access to our country’s public lands and waters for a full year. Since the launch of the initiative, private companies, nonprofits and other youth-serving groups have responded to the President’s call to action to get all children to visit and enjoy America’s unparalleled outdoors, taking action to ensure that all children can have this opportunity. In addition to demonstrating the breadth of support for Every Kid in a Park, today’s commitments include several new steps to expand the initiative, including the launch of a public awareness campaign and website, EveryKidinaPark.org, a commitment from outdoor retailer REI to fund trips for all 4th graders in Washington D.C. public schools, and a 75 percent Amtrak discount for 4th graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass when purchased with a full fare adult ticket.

National Park Service Launches Redesigned Website

National Park Service Launches Redesigned Website

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a redesigned NPS.gov website. The website has a new look and added features to help visitors find information quickly. “The new design is the result of a multi-year effort to transform NPS.gov into a world-class digital experience and communications tool,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “I think the best part of the redesign is that NPS.gov now works great on mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.”

NPS Centennial Campaign Is Focus of 2016's First Recreation Exchange

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Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2016) – Key officials of the National Park Foundation (NPF) reported on the first year of the FindYourPark Centennial campaign to recreation community leaders on March 8 at the American Recreation Coalition’s first Recreation Exchange of 2016.

NPF President Will Shafroth opened the Exchange by providing background on recent activities of the Foundation. “NPF’s mission is to protect, connect, inspire – partnering closely with the National Park Service to sustain the National Park System,” he said. He also noted the adoption and expansion of ambitious new fund-raising goals, and the importance of maintaining the inspiring spirt of the Centennial long past 2016.

Recreation Community Gathers Ideas For Boosting Outdoor Recreation

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Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2016) – America’s recreation community took an important step toward development of a new Blueprint for Getting More Americans Active Outdoors at a brainstorming session in Washington, D.C. March 8. A dozen strategies were offered by top recreation and conservation leaders. Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and Frank Hugelmeyer, President of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, opened the brainstorming and discussion process by recalling past advances for recreation from thinking big.

Blueprint for Getting More Americans Outdoors

Blueprint for Getting More Americans Outdoors

On March 8th, the ARC Board of Directors hosted members of the recreation community for a National Policy Brainstorming Session on the future of recreation, focusing on the development of a Blueprint for Getting Americans Active Outdoors. That blueprint will serve as an idea bank for candidates for office in 2016 and the transition teams that will be set up in Washington, D.C. and in numerous state capitals after the November elections.

The session was led by National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association President Frank Hugelmeyer. These recreation community leaders led the American Recreation Coalition board as it heard from organizations ranging from The Corps Network to the Federal Recreation Council, from Active Network to the National Wildlife Federation as well as newcomer the Archery Trade Association. They championed the development of a new “idea bank” to share with national leaders and efforts by recreation interests to select a handful of important efforts which would benefit all recreation interests.

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

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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

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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.