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 a two-year period and supported 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.
Bobilya, A. J.,
& McAvoy, L. H.
Developing Trends and Issues in U.S. Outdoor and Adventure-Based Programming.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 2(3).