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America's Great Outdoors


AGO's recreation work focuses on engaging all Americans in healthy and exciting active outdoor recreation. The Obama administration has made it clear that active recreation is a priority, through initiatives like Let's Move Outside. AGO is supporting these efforts by bringing together federal, state, and local government as well as grassroots organizations and industry powers. More information about the Federal Government's efforts on recreation and opportunities to get locally involved can be found on Recreation.Gov


Secretary Salazar and Assistant Secretary Darcy, US Army (Civil Works) with the FICOR Principals.

Recognizing that outdoor recreation is a key component of our nation's economy, AGO actively works to promote recreation areas. In 2012, the Outdoor Industry Alliance found that Outdoor recreation supports of $646 billion in spending and over 6 million American jobs every year. 

AGO is supporting recreation by:

1.  Identifying outdoor recreation access and opportunities to improve public enjoyment of Federal lands, waters, and shorelines through collaboration with the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR)

2.  Promoting better coordination and collaboration among Federal agencies, state and local partners, and non-profit organizations whose missions or programs include providing outdoor recreation and conserving natural and cultural resources 

3.  Providing online, up-to-date information and resources about federally supported outdoor recreation opportunities at

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New and Improved Launched!

Looking for a close-by place to go hiking this weekend? Or maybe you're searching for outdoor activities to enjoy with your family on your next vacation. Look no farther than the new and improved! With a new design, improved navigation tools, and expanded content, the interagency website is part of President Obama's initiative to create jobs and fuel the economy by encouraging travel and tourism. It is the first-step in a multi-year plan to enhance interactive content, including more multimedia and mobile features, to engage and guide visitors to 90,000 sites on federal lands such as national parks, wildlife refuges, waterways, forests, and recreation areas. 

A "one-stop website" that allows you to search for activities on an interactive map, see ready-made itineraries for destination cities, and make reservations, is an important resource and tool for connecting Americans to the great outdoors. Highlights of the updated site include:
-- Explore Trip Ideas: Interactive maps and popular points-of-interest on public lands to help you plan trips to popular destination cities like Atlanta, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and more.
-- Go Lists: Highlights of places to go, events, and activities at federal sites across the country with topics including "Day Hikes for Weekend Warriors" and "Car Camping for Beginners."
-- Discover Great American Adventures: More in-depth articles and destination spotlights that feature a wide variety of experiences and adventures found only in America.

To find outdoor recreational opportunities near you and across the country, be sure to check out!


Discover the Forest

Discover the Forest is a PSA campaign that aims to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand. The campaign brings to life the joy and excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create interest in their environment and a lifelong relationship with it. The Discover the Forest website features maps, games, photo galleries, and other activities aimed at helping parents and children get outdoors.

Forest Scene

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