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Great Outdoors Week Gets Underway

June 13, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Hundreds of outdoor recreation leaders from across America are gathering in Washington, D.C., to commemorate Great Outdoors Week 2011, June 11-17.

Since 1996, leaders from the recreation community have gathered in Washington each June to participate in meetings and events designed to:

  • Increase the visibility of outdoor recreation on the national policy-making level.
  • Heighten the understanding and appreciation of recreation’s importance to the nation’s economy, health and quality of life.
  • Provide an opportunity to highlight key recreation policy initiatives and programs.
  • Recognize outstanding leadership on behalf of outdoor recreation.
  • Support the efforts of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC).

According to an ARC news release, topics of discussion will range from the link between recreation and health to how interested groups can reconnect America’s youth to the outdoors, as well as partnerships and other tools (including technology) to enhance recreation resources.

Among the week’s core events for 2011 (some of which have already occurred) are:

  • The fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day).
  • Presentation of the 2011 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – going to four Cabinet-rank officials who led the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.
  • Presentation of ARC’s Beacon Awards for outstanding federal use of technology.
  • An ice cream social followed by a healthy walk on the National Mall.
  • ARC’s Legends Awards presentations to seven great federal agency employees.
  • A special Recreation Exchange featuring White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley.
  • National awards by the Coalition for Recreational Trails.
  • ED OUT – our “classes in the park” program with Prince William County, Va., schools.
  • Release of our new report “Economic ReCreation” highlighting the importance of recreation to the U.S. economy.

In addition to Great Outdoors Week, many other events and activities take place throughout Great Outdoors Month to promote the importance of outdoor recreation in America

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