Arkansas Encourages People to Use Online Services as They #EscapeTheIndoors and Celebrate Great Outdoors Month


Jun 17, 2019

By Rhiannon Botsford Barber

Public and private organizations from across the country are coming together as members of the Great Outdoors Month® Council to help all Americans Escape the Indoors and celebrate the educational, economic, health, and social benefits of active fun outdoors. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson recently signed a proclamation declaring June Great Outdoors Month for the state of Arkansas. To support the statewide and national celebration of the great outdoors, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) and the City of Eureka Springs remind people that they can access convenient online services that make enjoying the outdoors even easier.

“Arkansas has so many wonderful outdoor experiences for people of all ages to enjoy,” said Spencer Griffith, AGFC Marketing Coordinator. “Every month, but especially in June during Great Outdoors Month, we encourage people to get outside and enjoy all of the recreational sites and activities our state has to offer. The AGFC mobile app is just one way we are enhancing the outdoor experience.”

AGFC partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas (INA) to build the new mobile app, which features an updated, clean look that makes it easy for Arkansas hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts to store digital fishing and hunting licenses, see regulations, read fishing reports, verify fish breeds, locate trails, quickly check hunted game while online or offline in the field, collect and share prized hunting “trophies,” and much more. The app is available both through the Apple App Store and Google Play store.

“The month of June is the perfect time to celebrate Great Outdoors Month and enjoy all that Arkansas has to offer,” said Ken “Smitty” Smith, Eureka Springs Transit Director. “Visitors to Historic Eureka Springs can purchase tram tour tickets with just a few taps on their smartphone, which saves time, avoids overcrowding, and gives our guests a better travel experience.”

The City of Eureka Springs partnered with INA to offer travelers convenient, secure electronic tickets to the city’s Historic Tram Tours through YourPassNow. Eureka Springs is the first city in the nation to join a growing list of U.S. public lands that offer digital access through YourPassNow. Tickets purchased at ar.gov/eurekatram can be downloaded or stored to an electronic wallet for immediate and future use, or emailed for those who want to print their pass.

“When people plan an outdoor activity, they don’t want to stand in long lines or make a special trip to get any required permits or licenses,” said Bob Sanders, INA General Manager. “We are proud to partner with AGFC to offer the redesigned mobile app and the City of Eureka Springs to offer tram tour tickets through YourPassNow, which both help people be compliant with all requirements while being able to quickly enjoy their outdoor activities.”

Great Outdoors Month is championed by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, and began as Great Outdoors Week under President Clinton in 1998. Today it has grown significantly under the Trump, Obama and Bush administrations into a month-long celebration of the outdoors and all the healthful, social and economic benefits it brings.

RhiannonBotsford Barber

Written By Rhiannon Botsford Barber

Before joining INA as Marketing Manager in 2016, Rhiannon spent ten years as a crew member for four major television networks and several film companies, then incorporated her own company in 2010. A zealous outdoorsman, Rhiannon seeks the solace of nature and enjoys photographing animals in the wild.

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