Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Andrew J. Bobilya, Western Carolina University
Managing Editor: Dr. Raymond Poff, Western Kentucky University

The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership...

...(www.ejorel.com) is published through a joint partnership between the:

  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
  • Wilderness Education Association
  • WKU Research Foundation

New Manuscript Submission Categories

We are pleased to announce the following changes

  • Regular Papers: (a) quantitative and/or qualitative research findings & (b) conceptual or theoretical discussions
  • Essays, Practices, and Commentaries: critical essays; best practices; and commentaries related to philosophies, historical perspectives, policies, pedagogy, or reviews of outdoor education and leadership.
  • Research Notes: research studies presented in a condensed format or research studies which: (a) extend the understanding of a previous research study, (b) comment on prior research, (c) provide a methodological contribution, and (d) replicate or fail to replicate reported results.

The journal's mission is to improve outdoor recreation, education, and leadership through the publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts centered on professional practice, research, and theoretical discussions.

The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership encourages manuscript submissions from authors inside and outside of academia.


To contact journal staff, please visit the About this Journal page.

Current Issue: Volume 6, Issue 2 (2014)

Editors' Notes


Celebrating the past and looking ahead: Editors' notes
Andrew J. Bobilya and Raymond A. Poff

Regular Papers


The illusion of competence: Increasing self-efficacy in outdoor leaders
Scott A. Schumann Dr., Jim Sibthorp, and Douglas Hacker


Comparing day-users’ and overnight visitors’ attitudes concerning leave no trace
B. Derrick Taff, Peter Newman, Wade M. Vagias, and Ben Lawhon

Essays, Practices and Commentaries


Outdoor investigations to connect water to you
Kathi A. McDowell Ph.D., Martha Y. Parrott Ed.D., and Pamela G. Christol Ph.D.

Research Symposium Abstracts


Connecting with nature: A matter of significance
Andrew M. Szolosi and Raymond A. Poff


Investigating climbing as a spiritual experience
Michael Pond, Bruce Martin, Elizabeth Collins, and Andrew M. Szolosi

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