AORE and its members are leaders in promoting and conducting research on the outdoor recreation and education industry. Whether you are a program director, recreation department employee, trip leader, vendor representative, professional researcher, or student, or you are interested in the latest trends and statistics on outdoor recreation in education settings, you will find something of value here.


Current AORE Funded Research Projects

Bridging the Gap: Examining the Effects of Short-Term Adventure-Based Programs in College Environments
Summary: This project seeks to understand multiple facets of outdoor adventure programming on college campuses including; climbing wall motivations, freshman orientation efficacy, and stress reduction through short term adventure programs.  
Researchers and Investigators: Dr. Alan Ewert, Indiana University along with Brian Croft MS, Indiana University Outdoor Adventures; Curt Davidson MS, Summit Adventure; Dustin Smucker MS, UC-Santa Barbara; Katie Burns MS, Azusa Pacific; Anne Linhart, Indiana University; Ryan Zwart, Indiana University; and Ryan Hines M Ed., Indiana University. 

Current AORE Member Research Projects

(to submit your project, please contact the AORE National Office at
Underserved Communities & Campus Outdoor Recreation Programs >> View the report
Summary: This report examines the challenges experienced and benefits received by campus outdoor recreation programs that provide recreation opportunities to individuals outside the student body and campus community. In particular, it considers the challenges and benefits of providing services to individuals from historically underserved communities.
Researchers and Investigators: Geneviève Marchand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University; Julia Marsh, Wildlands & Forest Policy, Fellow, The Wilderness Society; and Paul Sanford, National Director of, Recreation Policy, The Wilderness Society

Other Organizations' Research Projects and Publications

The Journal of Experiential Education published by Association for Experiential Education

The Recreation Sports Journal published by NIRSA

About Campus published by ACPA

The Coalition for Education in the Outdoors conference proceedings

National Wildlife Federation's Educational Resource Guide for the Every Kid in a Park Program

Grants Funding Outdoor Recreation Research

AORE $5,000 Research Grant >> Learn more.

The Children and Nature Network

The American Camp Association

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