Outdoor Recreation, 4th ed.

Enrichment for a Lifetime
Click here to view a sample of the book
Dimensions:7 x 10
Format: This is the PRINT format of this title Paperback
Author(s): Kathleen A. Cordes
Garrett A. Hutson

Print web price:

$US 90.00
List price: $US 99.00

Format(s) also available:


$US 50.00

Call us for quantity discounts:
(800) 327-5557

Request Desk Copy

Email to a Friend



The latest edition of Outdoor Recreation: Enrichment for a Lifetime continues to frame outdoor recreation under the umbrella of recreation and leisure studies, remains true to its original purpose of not duplicating the contributions of other outdoor recreation textbooks, and provides updates to the fundamentals of outdoor recreation, outdoor resources and management, education, and participation from a North American perspective.

Outdoor Recreation: Enrichment for a Lifetime has been revised, updated, and expanded to be a leading resource in outdoor recreation not only in the United States but also in Canada. The new edition includes a variety of updates including an expanded chapter on the history and identity of outdoor recreation in Canada.

For the first time, every Canadian province and territory is discussed from an outdoor recreation management perspective highlighting and celebrating a full view of Canada’s diverse outdoor recreation resources.

Related Journal:


Table of Contents: 

PART ONE: The Fundamentals of Outdoor Recreation

1 Foundations of Outdoor Recreation

2 Nature and the Spiritual Life

3 Visionaries and Pioneers

4 Psychology and the Natural Environment

5 The Social Aspects of Outdoor Recreation

6 The Economics of Outdoor Pursuits

PART TWO: Outdoor Resources

7 Federal Resources and Recreation

8 State Resources and Recreation

9 Local Resources and Recreation

10 Other Outdoor Recreational Resources

11 Outdoor Recreation in Canada

PART THREE: Management, Education, and Participation

12 Management Policies in Outdoor Recreation

13 Management Procedures in Outdoor Recreation

14 Education in the Outdoors

15 Outdoor Recreational Activities

16 The Environment


Appendix A: State Agencies Involved in Outdoor Recreation

Appendix B: Organizations Involved in Outdoor Recreation

Appendix C: Federal Agencies Involved in Outdoor Recreation

Appendix D: Federal Laws Related to Outdoor Recreation

Appendix E: Selected Organizations and Agencies Involved in Outdoor Recreation in Canada


About the Author(s)

Kathleen A. Cordes

Kathleen A. Cordes, professor emeritus, is an elected fellow in the American Leisure Academy and is vice president of the board of trustees for the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) Foundation for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles.

In her capacity as interim director for the American Association for Leisure and Recreation (AALR), she served on the executive board for the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in Reston, VA.

As a member of the White House Green Robbin Panel, Cordes served on the millennium trails committee and authored American's Millennium Trails (AAHPERD), an official project of the White House Millennium Council.

She is also author of America's National Historic Trails and America's National Scenic Trails (University of Oklahoma Press). With Ibrahim, she authored Applications in recreation and Leisure (McGraw-Hill) and Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Service Management (Eddie Bowers).

Cordes was honors director and chair of physical education at Miramar College in San Diego; chair of physical education recreation at Whittier college (CA); athletic director at Saint Mary's College (IN); professor and first woman to coach a varsity sport (tennis) at the University of Notre Dame (IN); and a visiting professor at the University of Zulia and the University of the Andes (Venezuela).

She is the recipient of AALR's Outstanding Achievement Award and CAHPERD‘s Past Presidents' Award of Merit. both organizations also presented her with their Distinguished Service to Leisure and Recreation awards.

Cordes is listed in the Who's Who of American Women (2007) Who's Who of America‘s Teachers (2008), and Who's Who of America.

Garrett A. Hutson

Garrett Hutson, PhD, is an associate professor of recreation and leisure studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

He has done considerable work exploring the topics of outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership, and person–place relationships.

His current research projects explore how human dimensions of place can inform sustainable outdoor recreation practices and resource management.

He is also a member of a research team that explores how sense of community evolves and changes during organized wilderness trip experiences.

Hutson’s work appears in the Journal of Leisure Research, Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming, Landscapes of Leisure: Space, Place, and Identities, and within the environmental studies curriculum of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Hutson also serves as co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Research in Outdoor Education.

Prior to academic life, Hutson worked full time as a ski patroller helping to launch one of the first ski areas ever to operate on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands in Southwest Colorado.

Additionally, he worked as a NOLS instructor in Wyoming, Alaska, and the Yukon Territory and as a climbing guide for organizations accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association in both Oregon and Colorado.

He currently facilitates collaborative research and management efforts between the Ontario Rock Climbing Access Coalition, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Niagara Parks Commission.

Hutson most often experiences leisure through time spent with loved ones, rock climbing, trail biking, writing, and exploring the city of Toronto, which he now calls home.