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, 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.

    Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

    Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

    The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) February 13 urged Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to promptly bring Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s nomination to the Senate floor and support his confirmation, saying “The Department needs active policy leadership as soon as possible.”

    Partners Outdoors 2017 Overview

    Partners Outdoors 2017: More Fun Outdoors for Everyone

    Partners Outdoors 2017 will bring partners from the public and private sectors together to unify and focus recreation community efforts on core issues and showcase innovation in thinking and action. Brainstorming, visioning and action will be expected of all participants, and the program will celebrate the start of Great Outdoors Month with a special embrace of key outreach efforts, including Every Kid in a Park.

    The Washington, D.C., area will once again host the event – but with some interesting new aspects. The program will be a joint undertaking of private sector interests, coordinated through the American Recreation Coalition, federal agencies coordinated through the Federal Recreation Council, state park agencies coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors – and will also involve a new partner: SHIFT.

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundta

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable

    Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified January 17 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior. His remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke’s nomination.

    Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

    Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

    Here’s a great idea for 2017! Make a New Year’s resolution to take advantage of fee-free days to enjoy our magnificent national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will all waive their entrance fees on select dates in 2017, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most fee-free days, starting with Martin Luther King Day on January 16th, are linked to special holidays and events. Plus there are often special offers from agency partners to make your visits even more enjoyable.

    National Parks Adventure is a Huge Success!

    National Parks Adventure is a Huge Success!

    National Parks Adventure is a huge success! Brand USA’s giant-screen movie – which showcases the incredible beauty of our national parks – has been seen more than 2.4 million times in 98 markets worldwide in just the first six months. The film – narrated by Robert Redford – is the highest-grossing documentary of 2016 so far, beating out competition from other giant-screen films and Hollywood – with an estimated $16.8 million in worldwide ticket sales through August! The film’s PR campaign has generated more than 6.4 billion impressions, with an additional billion impressions generated by other exhibitors and partners. And the film is succeeding in generating greater interest in visiting the United States, with more than 80% of international viewers saying they’re much more, or somewhat more likely to visit the U.S. after seeing the film!

    Forest Service Revamping Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands

    Forest Service Revamping Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands

    More healthy, active outdoor fun is coming to the lands and waters of your National Forests! The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has begun a cultural shift, transitioning towards using staff and upgraded technology to enhance visitor experiences and enable more uses. USFS plans to revamp the way it manages 23,000 recreation special-use permits, streamlining applications and being a partner with recreation businesses, non-profit organizations and clubs. The overhaul will expand opportunities for families, inner-city youth and minorities, and lure other new visitors to public lands and make it easier to hold events in national forests. Heroes behind this effort include Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon and Director of Recreation Joe Meade – and a growing team of advocates inside the agency. To read the full story, click here.