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
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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

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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)
  • Wyoming Governor Matt Mead's Efforts to Champion Outdoors Benefit WY Nonprofit

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    Cheyenne, WY (December 11, 2015) – The Great Outdoors Month™ Partnership recently selected Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s 2015 Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting healthy, active outdoor fun as one of three national winners. The selection entitled the Governor to designate a nonprofit organization helping to connect America’s kids to the outdoors for a donation. At a December 9 gathering in his office, Governor Mead presented the “WY Outside” program with the $1,000 action grant to support its important work.

    Governor Matt Mead to Receive Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award in Cheyenne

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    Washington, D.C. (December 7, 2015) - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will receive one of two 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Awards at a ceremony in Cheyenne, Wyoming December 9. Recreation leaders from the private and public sectors will join the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Company to present Governor Mead with the recreation community's most prestigious award. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will receive 2015’s second award in Jefferson City at a later date. In addition, plans are underway to honor the Governors in Washington, D.C. during February 2016.

    Subcommittee on Federal Lands to Hold Legislative Hearing on Discussion Draft of the "National Park Service Centennial Act"

    Subcommittee on Federal Lands to Hold Legislative Hearing on Discussion Draft of the “National Park Service Centennial Act”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 10:00 AM, in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the “National Park Service Centennial Act.”

    WHAT: Subcommittee on Federal Lands legislative hearing on “National Park Service Centennial Act” discussion draft

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 AM

    National Park Service Solicits Letters to the Future from Local Students

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    Bushkill, PA -- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue is asking students in grades K-12 to write a letter to the future. The letters will be buried in a time capsule for the next 50 years. “We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016,” explained Donahue. In commemoration of these two historic milestones, employees at the park are sending a message to the future. “We want that message to include the voices of today’s youth since they will be the ones entrusted with the care of special places like this in the future.”