Research

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.



RECENT AORE MEMBER RESEARCH PROJECTS

Contemporary Issues, Opportunities, and Resources for the U.S. Outdoor Recreation Profession 

SUMMARY
This study examines the contemporary issues, opportunities, and resource needs of U.S. outdoor recreation professionals. AORE and SORP (Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals) members shared their perspectives during focus groups in Spring 2021. Results highlight the overall development in the field of outdoor recreation and can inform future advocacy and planning by professional organizations.
RESEARCHERS & INVESTIGATORS
  • Diana Harrison, M.S. Student, Old Dominion University
  • Caleb Scruggs, Park Ranger, Olympic National Park
  • Michala Hendrick, Coordinator, Rensselaer Youth Outdoors, Forest Conservation Corps
  • Bryant Morales, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Jasmine Jones, M.S. Student, Old Dominion University
  • Brendan Kane, Interpretative Ranger, Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Iris Perkins, M.A. Student, Old Dominion University
  • Chris Zajchowski, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
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Underserved Communities & Campus Outdoor Recreation Programs 

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 & INVESTIGATORS
  • Geneviève Marchand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University
  • Julia Marsh, Wildlands & Forest Policy, Fellow, The Wilderness Society
  • Paul Sanford, National Director of Recreation Policy, the Wilderness Society
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Outdoor Programs Census

OVERVIEW
The Research Project Team has been working to develop a Descriptive Analysis of Campus Outdoor Programs. That is, they aim to capture and better understand the scope of the Campus Outdoor Program industry in higher education. The first specific topic explored was a Collegiate Outdoor Program Compensation Survey. 
RESULTS
Initial findings were shared in an AORE Association Chat in June of 2022, you can watch the recording of this session below. Final findings are expected to be shared with participants and available for general review here in early Fall 2022. 
RESEARCHERS & INVESTIGATORS
  • Geneviève Marchand, PhD, Humboldt State University
  • Erik Rabinowitz, PhD, Appalachian State University
  • Forrest Schwartz, PhD, Prescott College
  • Andrew Szolosi, PhD, Ohio University

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OTHER ORGANIZATIONS' RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS