Introduction to Outdoor Recreation - Print
Dimensions: 11 × 8.5 × 1 in
Binding Type: Paperback
Scope of This Text
• Sharing tall tales beside a fading campfire deep in a national forest
• Jogging on a carriage road in New York’s Central Park
• Riding the last descent on a rugged mountain bike trail in Utah
• Photographing the “cloud forest” in a Costa Rican national park
• Rock climbing the face of El Capitan
• Enjoying the company of good friends
• Testing skills
• Learning about nature
• Feeling success after meeting a challenge
• Wondering about one’s place in the universe
• Making memories
• Realizing the benefits of close families, healthy people, strong economies, and communities committed to sustaining their natural environments
These are all parts of outdoor recreation.
So are hundreds of other activities, satisfying experiences, and beneficial outcomes.
This text is about outdoor recreation: what it is, providing opportunities for it, and professionally managing the places where it takes place.
Despite its diversity, all outdoor recreation has one thing in common.
By definition, outdoor recreation depends in some way on natural environments.
The natural setting might be a pristine wilderness area virtually untouched by humans, or it could be a carefully designed and highly modified urban park or greenway.
Outdoor recreation can occur days from the nearest road or in a tiny park in the heart of downtown.
Introduction to Outdoor Recreation introduces the concepts and skills that outdoor recreation professionals and providers need to be effective in the myriad settings where it occurs.
Part I: Foundations and Background
Chapter 1: Key Concepts
Chapter 2: Benefits of Leisure and Its Roles in Society
Chapter 3: Historical Context
Chapter 4: Social and Technological Forces Affecting Outdoor Recreation
Part II: Outdoor Recreation Resources and Providers of Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Chapter 5: Land and Water Resources for Outdoor Recreation
Chapter 6: Public Sector Providers
Chapter 7: Private Sector Providers
Chapter 8: Nonprofit Sector Providers
Chapter 9: Partnerships Among Outdoor Recreation Providers
Chapter 10: Outdoor Recreation Opportunities From Selected Countries Around the World
Part III: Managing Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Chapter 11: Policy Development, Management, Administration, and Planning
Chapter 12: Evolution of Science-Based Management of Outdoor Recreation Resources
Chapter 13: The Beneficial Outcomes Approach to Leisure
Chapter 14: Negative Impacts of Recreation Use
Chapter 15: Gathering Data for Managing Outdoor Recreation
Chapter 16: Influencing and Managing Visitor Behavior
Chapter 17: Collaborative Planning and Management
Chapter 18: Management of Special Outdoor Recreation Resources: Wilderness and Trails
Chapter 19: Economics of Outdoor Recreation
Chapter 20: The Future of Outdoor Recreation
Appendix A: Domains, Scales, and Scale Items for the Recreation Experience Preference (REP) Scales
Appendix B: Providers of Outdoor Recreation Opportunities