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Outdoor Foundation Research

The Outdoor Foundation’s research investigates the depth and effect of Americans participation in active outdoor recreation. This section includes our groundbreaking participation studies and Outdoor Nation Special Reports.

Topline ReportNearly half of all Americans – 48.4% – participated in at least one outdoor activity in 2015. That equates to 142.4 million participants, who went on a collective 11.7 billion outdoor outings. While the actual number of outdoor participants increased by one million over the one-year period, the overall participation rate remained the same due to population increase.Aspirational participation, which measures the physical activities that interest non-participants, showed that Americans are often drawn to outdoor recreation over sports, tness and leisure activities. In fact, all aspirational participants – regardless of age – reported camping and bicycling in their top three most appealing activities.


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