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Join the Conversation about America’s Great Outdoors

Hikers in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CA.Americans have a proud tradition of working together - from the ground-up - to conserve farmland and open space for future generations, restore rivers and streams, protect areas for hiking and biking, preserve beaches and coastlines, conserve wildlife habitat for fishing and hunting, and restore the cultural and historic sites that tell America’s story.  In fact, community-driven efforts to conserve America’s land, water, and wildlife are a major reason why we are blessed with the parks, refuges, forests, and open spaces that we enjoy today.

Starting with the White House Conference on the Great Outdoors on April 16, President Obama has launched a national dialogue about conservation in America.  As part of this dialogue, we are bringing together ranchers, farmers and forest landowners, sportsmen and women, state and local government leaders, tribal leaders, public-lands experts, conservationists, youth leaders, business representatives, and others to learn about some of the smart, creative ways communities are conserving outdoor spaces. 

We hope you will join the conversation about America’s Great Outdoors.  We want to hear from you about the places you love, your community’s efforts to protect them, and how we can better support modern-day land and water conservation efforts happening in communities across the country.

Submit Your Ideas and Join the Conversation! [Note: The IdeaJam tool is now closed]

 

Images of America's Great Outdoors


April 16, 2010

America's Great Outdoors offer some of the world's most spectacular scenery and recreation opportunities.


  • A woman and children walk along Boulder Beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.  Photo by Bureau of Reclamation.
    A woman and children walk along Boulder Beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.
  • Man and child hunting at sunset near Washington, DC.  Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
    Man and child hunting at sunset near Washington, DC.
  • Wildlife at Ellis Island in New York City with the Statue of Liberty in the background. Photo by National Park Service.
    Wildlife at Ellis Island in New York City with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
  • Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Photo by National Park Service.
    Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.
  • On Patriot's Day, mounted officers head the British column as it marches down Battle Road prior to the tactical demonstration at Minute Man National Park in Massachusetts. Photo by National Park Service. 
    On Patriot's Day, mounted officers head the British column as it marches down Battle Road prior to the tactical demonstration at Minute Man National Park in Massachusetts.
  • Girl reads her Junior Ranger book at Shenandoah National Park’s Big Meadows. Photo by National Park Service.
    Girl sits reading her Junior Ranger book at Shenandoah National Park’s Big Meadows.
  • Boaters splash through Egelhoff’s Rapids at Niobrara National Scenic River in Nebraska. Photo by National Park Service. 
    Boaters splash through Egelhoff’s Rapids at Niobrara National Scenic River in Nebraska.
  • Boy with snow on his eyelashes at Denali National Park in Alaska. Photo by National Park Service. 
    Closeup of boy with snow on eyelashes at Denali National Park in Alaska.
  • Rancher Bill Micke explains the benefits of his new irrigation system, which was renovated with the help of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services.  Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
    Rancher Bill Micke explains the benefits of his new irrigation system, which was renovated with the help of Natural Resources Conservation Services.
  • Two kids participating in Junior Ranger program at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. Photo by National Park Service.
    Two kids participating in Junior Ranger program at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.
  • A visitor cross-country skis on the freshly fallen snow in Acadia National Park, Maine. Photo by National Park Service. 
    A visitor cross-country skis on the freshly fallen snow in Acadia National Park, Maine.
  • Ranchers in California build a new irrigation system designed to conserve water. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
    Ranchers in California build a new irrigation system designed to conserve water.
  • The Craters of the moon National Monument  in Idaho has a great diversity of volcanic features preserved within a relatively small area.  Photo by Bureau of Land Management.
    
The Craters of the moon National Monument  in Idaho has a great diversity of volcanic features preserved within a relatively small area.
  • The Upper Missouri River National Monument in Montana.  Photo by Bureau of Land Management 
    The Upper Missouri River National Monument in Montana
  • Man and boy set up camp at the urban environmental campout sponsored by the DC Urban Tree House and Eastern States. Photo by Bureau of Land Management. 
    Man and boy set up camp at the urban environmental campout sponsored by the DC Urban Tree House and Eastern States.
  • Visitors and their dog look out at the water at Shelter Cove in Range National Conservation Area.  Photo by Bureau of Land Management. 
    Visitors and their dog look out at the water at Shelter Cove in Range National Conservation Area.
  • Native Americans engaging in traditional fishing at Wapato East Diversion Dam, part of the Yakima Project in Washington state. Photo by Bureau of Reclamation. 
    Native Americans engaging in traditional fishing at Wapato East Diversion Dam, part of the Yakima Project in Washington state.
  • Canoeists enjoy the Mississippi River in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis metro area. Photo by National Park Service. 
    Canoeists enjoy the Mississippi River in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis metro area.
  • Boat rides along canal while people guide a pair of horses along the path in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD, WV, DC.  Photo by National Park Service. 
    Boat rides along canal while people guide a pair of horses along the path in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD, WV, DC.
  • Boy fishing as sun rises in Blanco Wetlands in Colorado. Photo by Bureau of Land Management.
    Boy fishing as sun rises in Blanco Wetlands in Colorado.
  • A woman and child look at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC.  Photo by National Park Service. 
    A woman and child look at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC.
  • Sun shines on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA.  Photo by National Park Service. 
    Sun shines on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA.
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds of the Arch, MO.  Photo by National Park Service. 
    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial,grounds of the Arch, MO.
  • Rancher Bob Smiley and NRCS engineer Tom Benson building a new pipeline to replace a leaky ditch irrigation system.  The new system saves time and water. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    Rancher Bob Smiley and NRCS engineer Tom Benson building a new pipeline to replace a leaky ditch irrigation system.  The new system saves time and water.
  • A woman and children walk along Boulder Beach at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.
  • Man and child hunting at sunset near Washington, DC.
  • Wildlife at Ellis Island in New York City with the Statue of Liberty in the background.
  • Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.
  • On Patriot's Day, mounted officers head the British column as it marches down Battle Road prior to the tactical demonstration at Minute Man National Park in Massachusetts.
  • Girl sits reading her Junior Ranger book at Shenandoah National Park’s Big Meadows.
  • Boaters splash through Egelhoff’s Rapids at Niobrara National Scenic River in Nebraska.
  • Closeup of boy with snow on eyelashes at Denali National Park in Alaska.
  • Rancher Bill Micke explains the benefits of his new irrigation system, which was renovated with the help of Natural Resources Conservation Services.
  • Two kids participating in Junior Ranger program at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.
  • A visitor cross-country skis on the freshly fallen snow in Acadia National Park, Maine.
  • Ranchers in California build a new irrigation system designed to conserve water.
  • 
The Craters of the moon National Monument  in Idaho has a great diversity of volcanic features preserved within a relatively small area.
  • The Upper Missouri River National Monument in Montana
  • Man and boy set up camp at the urban environmental campout sponsored by the DC Urban Tree House and Eastern States.
  • Visitors and their dog look out at the water at Shelter Cove in Range National Conservation Area.
  • Native Americans engaging in traditional fishing at Wapato East Diversion Dam, part of the Yakima Project in Washington state.
  • Canoeists enjoy the Mississippi River in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis metro area.
  • Boat rides along canal while people guide a pair of horses along the path in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD, WV, DC.
  • Boy fishing as sun rises in Blanco Wetlands in Colorado.
  • A woman and child look at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC.
  • Sun shines on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA.
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial,grounds of the Arch, MO.
  • Rancher Bob Smiley and NRCS engineer Tom Benson building a new pipeline to replace a leaky ditch irrigation system.  The new system saves time and water.