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Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership
Developing Trends and Issues in U.S Outdoor and Adventure-Based Programming
Andrew J. Bobilya, Tom Holman, Betsy Lindley, Leo H. McAvoy
This paper explores trends and issues in outdoor and adventure-based programming in the United States. Many of the trends and issues hold valuable lessons for practitioners and scholars worldwide. The trends and issues included were gathered through interviews with a panel of professionals, checked throughout multiple regional, national and international conferences over aÂ two-yearÂ periodÂ andÂ supportedÂ from the literature. The specific trends and issues discussed are: a) cultural diversity and changing demographics; b) nature-deficit disorder; c) older adult participation; d) public land access; e) professionalization of outdoor leaders, and f) program outcome accountability through evidence-based research.
adventure education, current issues, outdoor education, outdoor adventure programs, trends, wilderness programs
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