The Outdoor Foundation Releases 2011 Outdoor Recreation Participation Study
Report shows recreation remains key part of American lifestyle with strong outdoor participation across geographies and encouraging trends among youth.
Nearly 50 percent of all Americans ages six and older participated in outdoor recreation last year, according to a new study released today by The Outdoor Foundation. That equates to 137.9 million Americans. The findings are part of the 2011 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, the nation’s leading report tracking American participation trends in outdoor recreation with a focus on youth, diversity and the future of the outdoors.
Youth and the Outdoors
- Youth and adolescents are motivated to get outside simply because they think “outdoor activities are cool.” While this cool factor is still present in young adults, slightly more participants in this age group cite exercise as their top motivator for outdoor participation. page 47
- The importance of providing physical education in school can’t be understated. Among those who are current outdoor participants, 79 percent say they had physical education in school between the ages of 6 to 12. Almost 60 percent of adult outdoor participants took part in outdoor activities from ages 6 to 12, compared to only 21 percent of non-outdoor participants — a nearly 40 percent gap. page 49
To read more about this study click on the following link: Kids Recreation Study