NGA OUTDOOR RECREATION LEARNING NETWORK

Advancing the outdoor economy and workforce, conservation and wellness.

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About the Network

The NGA Outdoor Recreation Learning Network helps governors and their outdoor recreation staff explore strategies to leverage their unique natural, cultural and historical resources to improve access to and help promote economic, social and environmental benefits.

Through peer-to-peer exchanges, research and dialogue, the network highlights how states can best advance outdoor recreation and explore issues related to conservation, stewardship, education, workforce training, economic development, infrastructure, equity, inclusion, public health and wellness.


Briefing on American Rescue Act funds for Travel, Tourism and Recreation

The National Governors Associations’ Outdoor Recreation Learning Network hosted a briefing for its members on the American Rescue Act funds for Travel, Tourism and Recreation. The briefing featured speakers from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, EDA who discussed eligible uses for the $750 million in recovery funds targeted to travel, tourism and recreation, as well as eligible applicants, deadlines for applications and spending, matching fund requirements and more details on the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO).

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Opportunities

Confluence Of States

Launched in 2018 by a bipartisan group of eight trailblazing states, the Confluence of States was established in recognition of the impact and importance of the outdoor recreation industry and to provide a central point of contact for the diverse businesses, communities and individual constituents that rely on the continued health of our nation’s outdoor recreation industry. The Confluence of States promotes and advances four pillars and 12 common principles of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords which represent a best practice for all states to consider.


Great Outdoors Month

REI Cooperative Action Network

  • Raise your voice in the movement to protect and share life outdoors.

National Park Trust – #MyParkMyWhy

  • Highlighting the importance of parks and outdoor spaces in our daily lives and why they are special.

State Outdoor Recreation Learning Network

  • States in the Learning Network
  • States in the Learning Network with an Office
  • States in the Learning Network with an Office and Confluence Signatory
  • * Maryland has a governor-established task force
  • The Confluence Signatories are states who have committed to the pillars and principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords.


NGA Resources

Source Water Protection for Safe Drinking and Recreation: State Partnerships and Funding Opportunities with USDA

Source Water Protection for Safe Drinking and Recreation: State Partnerships and Funding Opportunities with USDA

Communities in every state depend on clean water for drinking and for outdoor recreation but state and local budgets normally used for water quality protection have been hard hit by ...
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Strategies to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness During COVID-19

Strategies to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness During COVID-19

As governors continue efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and reopen the economy, the psychological toll of the pandemic remains a critical challenge. This resource provides a review of ...
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Governors Hail Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

Governors Hail Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

Governors applaud the passage of S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act. This bipartisan legislation will help states to meet their outdoor recreation needs by providing stability and certainty in ...
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Growing outdoor recreation helps our kids and our economies

Originally Published in The Hill. By Gary Herbert and Gretchen WhitmerGetting outside didn’t use to have much competition – we would play until the streetlights turned on, and household chores ...
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Outdoor Recreation Webinar on Economy Industry Data

Outdoor Recreation Webinar on Economy Industry Data

The outdoor recreation industry contributes $427.2 billion to US GDP annually and its share is continuing to grow. Individually, for some states, the outdoor recreation industry can account for up ...
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5 New States Commit to Outdoor Recreation Principles

Signatories to Confluence Accords Reach an Historic 13 Outdoor recreation leaders from Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia committed to advance the principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry ...
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Outdoor Recreation Learning Network Summit And Confluence Accords Signing Ceremony - Photos

Outdoor Recreation Learning Network Summit And Confluence Accords Signing Ceremony – Photos

Photos from the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network Summit and Confluence Accords Signing Ceremony. Outdoor recreation leaders from five states participated in the ceremonial signing of the Confluence Accords in Utah ...
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NGA Launches Outdoor Recreation Learning Network to Promote Economic Growth Through the Outdoor Industry

Governors (from left): Phil Scott of Vermont, Kate Brown of Oregon, Gary Herbert of Utah, Steve Bullock of Montana, Steve Sisolak of Nevada and Janet Mills of Maine at the ...
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NGA Outdoor Recreation Learning Network Launch - Photos

NGA Outdoor Recreation Learning Network Launch – Photos

Photos from the the launch of the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network Governors' state outdoor recreation directors touring Red Butte Garden after the launch of the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network.Tour of ...
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Governors to Convene in Salt Lake City in July

National Governors Association Summer Meeting to Include Discussions on Rural Communities, Human Trafficking, Future Workforce The nation’s governors will convene in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 24-26 for the National ...
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Sponsors

The NGA Outdoor Recreation Learning Network is supported by the following partners: