American Association for Nude Recreation
The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) is a non-profit organization and is the largest, most long-established organization of its kind in North America. With roots dating to 1931, we have grown from our humble beginnings to an organization that has served 213,000 individuals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond. These members enjoy their own backyards and pools with family and friends, as well as over 260 nudist resorts and affiliates.
For over 80 years AANR has espoused the benefits of wholesome nude family recreation. Since our inception it has remained a primary mission to protect the rights of nudists in appropriate settings regardless of age, gender, race or economic status. We continue to proudly endorse the benefits and rights of families to enjoy a skinny dip and other nude recreation pastimes.
Although society has become more tolerant and accepting of nude recreation, we still have a long way to go in educating the public regarding the wholesomeness of our choice of nudity, AANR strives to distinguish between attire and behavior. Nudity, as we espouse it, is the enjoyment of the freedom of being without clothes. As such, it should not be confused with behavior, which may or may not involve nudity. It is imperative that this be understood so that the perpetuated stereotypes disappear and that tolerance for family social nudism is commonly accepted by the generations to come.
During the past eight decades we have collectively weathered many storms. Recessions. Societal unrest. Global conflict. Reactionary assaults. Media coverage good and bad. Yet our members are resilient and committed, and we have become a stronger organization throughout these changes. Members and club owners are active contributors within their local communities; conscientious stewards of their environment; and most importantly accepting of their neighbors based upon who they are on the inside, not the exterior package or the financial or political clout they may wield.
AANR MISSION: To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment. It is also the mission of AANR to be an advocate of nudists' rights. As stated in the Nudists’ Bill of Rights, we have the right to hold our values and beliefs; to responsibly enjoy nudity in the company of our family and friends. Nudists are law-abiding citizens and have the right to be treated as such.
Principles and Standards AANR Principles and Standards. While the quality of our facilities may have changed over the years, our commitment to fostering wholesome, nurturing environments that promote body acceptance and respect for all persons has not changed. Members subscribe to the following principles, which you’ll find repeated on every membership card:
We recognize the essential wholesomeness of the human body and that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, physical health and mental well being are enriched through social nude recreation. We have the right to practice social nudity in appropriate settings, provided we do not infringe on the rights of others.
AANR welcomes all people willing to conform to its principles and standards, regardless of age, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
We reject categorically any attempt to associate the good name and reputation of family social nudism, of any AANR-chartered club, or of the American Association for Nude Recreation, with the sexual exploitation of the human body. We further reject any use of the terms nudist, nudism, family social nudism, or American Association for Nude Recreation, as a cover for sexually-exploitive purposes, commercial or otherwise.
The misuse, abuse or misrepresentation of any member's relationship with an AANR-chartered club, or with AANR, in violation of these Principles and Standards, shall be grounds for termination of membership. AANR’s promise to you is that we will continue to work towards protecting those places where persons have the right to enjoy nudity and privacy. These include sanctioned nude beaches and public lands set aside for that use; certainly it also includes our homes, private backyards, and AANR clubs, campgrounds and resorts as well across the United States and western Canada. AANR is based in Florida.
AANR is divided into seven regions with affiliated clubs and business partners to better serve the members. These regions are devoted to promoting family nude recreation in their geographic areas. Note the "Southwestern Region" encompasses the area more commonly known as the South Central United States, the Western Region does not include the Pacific Northwest, and Canada with only Western Canada belonging to AANR.
- Eastern Region - (AANR-East) Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Maritime Canadian provinces with Quebec (Total: 18½ states, 5 provinces, and DC)
- Florida Region - (AANR-Florida) Florida (Total: 1 state)
- Midwest Region - (AANR-MW) Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, western Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada (Total: 13 states, and 1 provinces)
- Northwest Region - (AANR-NW) Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State (Total: 5 states)
- Southwestern (a.k.a. South Central) Region - (AANR-SW) Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas (Total: 4 states)
- Western Region - (AANR-West) Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming (Total: 8 states)
- Western Canadian Region - (AANR-WC) Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan (Total: 4 provinces)
Awards and associations
The AANR has received awards from the Hospitality Marketing and Sales Association International and the American Society of Association Executives.
The AANR has lobbied governments to allow nudism in the United States and Canada. In 2005, they were successful in having nude recreation exempted from anti-nudity laws in West Virginia; Tennessee; California; Dawson County, Georgia; and Lake County, Florida.
After hearing about an adult-oriented businesses ordinance in Carroll County, Virginia, an AANR representative in January 2007, faxed to the county attorney a couple suggestions for legal language changes, including a proposed exemption for members of its society. The suggestion read: “No person shall be in violation of this section in or at a club event sanctioned under legal association with the American Association for Nude Recreation,” The association's input was considered but ultimately rejected.
- Carolyn Hawkins (2008), American Association for Nude Recreation:Fact Sheet (pdf), American Association for Nude Recreation
- "Minutes of the meeting of the 32nd INF-FNI World Congress... September 2010" (pdf). International Naturist Federation. September 2010.
- "AANR Resigns from INF" (pdf). Solar West. 17 September 2010.
- "Talk About Nudism". 2005-08-03. Retrieved 2006-09-16.
- Brooke, Christopher (2007-01-12). "Group seeks exemption for nude recreation". Galax Gazette. Retrieved 2007-01-12.[dead link]