Values, Obstacles, and Needs of Campus Outdoor Programs to Serve Local Underserved Communities
Keywords:underserved communities, college outdoor programs, outdoor recreation, barriers
Although participation in outdoor recreation activities is a right and is essential for the health of individuals and their communities, not all communities have access to outdoor recreation opportunities. Fortunately, many successful outdoor programs at colleges and universities are already in place around the country. These programs have the potential to extend services outside the campus and reach underserved communities. In this research note, we report the findings of focus groups held at the 2015 Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education Annual Conference with administrators of outdoor programs. Challenges, benefits, and needs were identified in extending services, including administrative limitations, human resources issues, and logistical constraints. Potential solutions include reprioritization if programs are to reach out to local underserved communities.
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