Mission and Vision

Vision Statement: The New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition (NYORC) uses the power of community, information sharing, and support to protect and expand equitable outdoor recreation in New York state. 

Mission Statement: The New York Outdoor Recreation Coalition is a resource to the diverse communities, businesses, usergroups, and nonprofit organizations, a partner to agencies and an advocate for the outdoors in the State of New York 

Our Story

Learn about our beginnings and our vision.

Our Governance

Learn about how we are organized and manage our coalition.

Our Principles

Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it’s closed, don’t go.  If it’s crowded, have a backup plan

Keep your group size small.  Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space.  If you are sick, stay home.

Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering

Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury.  Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained. 

Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails and public spaces.  Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit. 

Respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities.  Take all your garbage with you.

As a coalition we will work to represent the vastness of New York State in the following ways:

Our Funders

Thank you to our funders, The REI Co-op and The Nature Conservancy for their generous support! It is through this funding that NYORC is able to continue working towards our mission and building towards a united, inclusive, and sustainable vision for outdoor recreation in New York. Please read below to learn more about our funders, and click here to donate and support NYORC's mission!

The REI Co-op

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 23 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 181 locations in 41 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.

The Nature Conservancy