American Recreation Coalition
The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) is a Washington-based non-profit organization formed in 1979. Since its inception, ARC has sought to catalyze public/private partnerships to enhance and protect outdoor recreational opportunities and the resources upon which such experiences are based. ARC conducts research on a regular basis, organizes and conducts national conferences and meetings and disseminates information through a variety of newsletters, columns and other media regarding recreational needs and initiatives. ARC also monitors legislative and regulatory proposals that influence recreation and works with government agencies and the U.S. Congress to study public policy issues that will shape future recreational opportunities.
For more than 20 years, ARC has sponsored monthly Recreation Exchange luncheons to stimulate dialogue between the recreation community and national policymakers who play a key role in shaping recreation’s future. ARC also holds quarterly policy forums designed for open discussion and creative new initiatives on public policies influencing outdoor recreation in America. Forums have examined the lessons learned on recreation fees on public lands, recreation and health opportunities in the outdoors, volunteerism on public lands and much more.
Since 1996, ARC has coordinated Great Outdoors Week in June, when leaders of the recreation community gather in Washington to take part 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 health, economy and quality of life; provide an opportunity to highlight key recreation policy initiatives and programs; and recognize outstanding leadership on behalf of outdoor recreation.
ARC is now a well-established national federation of more than 100 private sector organizations. Its volunteer leaders run the nation's most prominent recreation companies and recreation-related associations.