Outdoor Participation Report 2016

September 21, 2016

More than 142 million Americans, or 48.4 percent of the US population, participated in an outdoor activity at least once in 2015. These outdoor participants went on a total of 11.7 billion outdoor outings.

Outdoor participation increased from 2014 to 2015, adding one million participants, but these participants went on fewer total outdoor outings.

The frequency of outdoor activity among Americans varied. On the more active side of participation, 20 percent of participants enjoyed outdoor activities at least twice a week. On the less active side, 33 percent participated less than once a month. Almost half of Americans were moderately active in outdoor recreation, getting outside between 12 and 103 times per year.

The majority of Americans participated in outdoor activities to get exercise. The second biggest motivator was the opportunity to spend time with friends and family, which highlights the family-friendly nature of many outdoor activities.

View the report in order to learn more about who is getting outside and what motivates them.

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