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Outdoor Recreation and Parks Links

Agencies and organizations

National Park Service, Dept. of the Interior
(parks, natural history, planning, jobs, links to national parks/monuments)

National Parks and Conservation Association
(advocate for protection of national parks/historic sites; explore parks/info through links to each)

National Recreation and Parks Association
(advocacy, professional development, research; careers; environmental conservation initiatives) 
(Created by and linked to federal agencies, their specific recreation areas and maps; search by numerous types of outdoor recreation)

American Trails
(works for all the various trail interests to create/protect network of interconnected trails; resources:  trail building, planning, publications, impacts, management, land/rights-of-way, advocacy, education)

Rails to Trails Conservancy
(create nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people; links/find-a-trail by zip, state, trail name, activity; Midwest office in Canal Winchester)

National Assn. of State Parks Directors
(links to state parks, by state; best practices; children in nature)

Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources  Div. of Parks and Recreation
(manages state parks and natural areas, links to state parks/facilities; implements state’s programs in recreation planning/trails)

Ohio DNR Parks and Recreation 
(links to Ohio-focused partner parks/recreation organizations, associations, agencies)

Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources
(click links to boating/watercraft; wildlife/wildlife areas; forests/state forests; parks/trails)

ODNR Div. of Watercraft
(page of links to many Ohio and national programs and organizations involved in all types of boating; boater education program links; laws/regulations/registration links)

Ohio Dept. of Development, Bureau of Tourism (and recreation)
(under “travel and tourism” is much info for: tourism activities/attractions, boating/waterways, fishing/hunting, maps, state parks/forests; link to Ohio’s travel and tourism site: Discover Ohio)

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
(education, advocacy, collaboration for local/state recreation programs/staffs; job postings; “collaboration tree” for networking; links to many product, equipment, and service vendors)

Ohio Horseman’s Council
(helps equine owners/supporters share ideas for all horse related issues, through education, trail rides, other social/service functions; provides resources/volunteers to promote building/maintenance of bridle trails)

Recreational Boating and Fishing Association
(outreach to >participation in recreational angling/boating; >awareness/appreciation of need to protect, conserve, restore aquatic natural resources; info to plan events/education)

Lake Erie Charter Boat Association
(promotes sound fisheries management in Lake Erie; supports the charter boat industry, advocate to agencies/general public; links to businesses)

The Student Conservation Association
(America’s conservation corps; hands-on work experiences for college/H.S. students; federal and community sites with partners nationwide)

National Intramural Recreational Sports Association
(resource for professional/student development; education; research in college recreational sports)

(local agencies and organizations may be added later; in meantime try links above to link to them)


Other Web links

Ohio Traveler 
(private site with info on Ohio attractions and destinations)

Ohio Game Fishing
(Commercial site with fishing info and links)