GOM 2006

American Recreation Coalition Announces 2006 Beacon Awards

Washington, D.C. - Outstanding efforts by five federal agencies and partners in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management will be recognized with the 2006 Beacon Awards at the opening ceremony of Great Outdoors Week. Seven Beacon Awards will be presented on Monday, June 12 at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

President's Proclamation of Great Outdoors Month 2006

On May 23, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation designating June 2006 as Great Outdoors Month. This is the third year the President has taken this action and the number and variety of activities which will take place during the month continues to expand. The month will kick off with 800 volunteers at work in Anacostia Park, a unit of the National Park Service in Washington, DC -- the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Take Pride in America Workday. Just two days later is National Trails Day and the start of National Fishing and Boating Week. As that week wraps up, Great Outdoors Week begins with its action-packed agenda of activities in the Nation’s Capital. And action will continue right to the end of the month with National Clean Beaches Week commencing on June 29!

Great Outdoors Week Schedule At-A-Glance

To see an updated Schedule of Events for Great Outdoors Week 2006 in matrix format, click here.

Petri Receives 2006 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

Washington, D.C. - The American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Chairman and the President and CEO of The Coleman Company will present the 18th annual Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community’s most prestigious award – to Thomas E. Petri, Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines. The award will be presented on June 13 as a featured event of Great Outdoors Week 2006.

To read to entire News Release, click here.

Great Outdoors Week 2006:Meeting Americans' Needs Today and Tomorrow

Washington, D.C. - Great Outdoors Week 2006, June 12 -17, will highlight efforts underway to enhance outdoor recreation for all Americans in the 21st century. Volunteerism, public-private partnerships, improving health through recreation, ensuring strong recreational trails and scenic byways programs, the unveiling of the internet-based Toolbox for the Great Outdoors, Second Edition and more are topics to be addressed in a series of forums throughout the week. Annual awards recognizing the special contributions of many outdoor recreation heroes are a highlight of the week’s events.

Great Outdoors Month 2006 - Calendar of Events



May 13-21
National River Clean Up Week
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May 20-26
National Safe Boating Week
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May 20-22
Good Sam Club’s National Clean-Up Days
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June 1-7
National Family Recreation Week
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June 3 Childrens Fishing Derby
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Basking Ridge, NJ
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June 3
National Trails Day
American Hiking Society
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June 3-11
Fishing and Boating Week
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June 7-11 4th annual Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival
Jamestown North Dakota
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June 7-11
38th Annual International Snowmobile Congress
South Burlington, VT
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June 9-11
Western States Horse Expo
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June 12
National Trails Training Partnership
Arlington, VA
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June 13 American Recreation Coalition
Recreation Exchange
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June 13 Tread Lightly!
Federal Partners Meeting
Washington, DC
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June 14th
Coalition for Recreational Trails
Annual Achievement Awards
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June 20-23
IMBA Summit and World Mountain Bike Conference
Whistler, British Columbia
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June 23-28
Bike Virginia 2006
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June 24 Great American Backyard Campout
National Wildlife Federation
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June 29-July 5
Clean Beaches Week
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June 30-July 4 & July 7-11
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
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To submit an event to this list, contact dshea@funoutdoors.com and include the name of the event, dates, location and website contact information.