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Outdoor Foundation Study: Half of the US population did not participate in outdoor recreation in 2019

Outdoor Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), released the 2020 Outdoor Participation Report, showing just over half of Americans ages 6 and older participated in outdoor recreation, including hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing among many more outdoor activities. However, nearly half of the U.S. population did not share in the proven, positive outcomes of physical activity that takes place outdoors. Here are some highlights:
  • Only 50.7 percent of Americans participated at least one outdoor activity in 2019
  • 46.2 percent of outdoor participants were female versus 53.8 percent male, the smallest gender gap on record
  • Youth participation flashed a warning signal, falling across the board for girls and boys and among both children and young adults
  • Black and Hispanic Americans remained significantly underrepresented outside, with participation levels well below their share of the US population