Proposed Abstract Title

How do you bring conservation and recreation together?

Presenter/Author Information

Autumn R. Moore, Snohomish CountyFollow

Type of Presentation

Poster

Session Title

Marine Ecosystem Restoration in the Urban Environment

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Education and community involvement establish a positive link between outdoor recreation and conservation. Working to connect a positive experience with a desire to give back to the outdoors through conservation projects is important for the future of many outdoor habitats. Education and interpretation offer the greatest potential for the long-term success of conservation project involvement by the people who use outdoor recreational areas. This study focused on the public's motivation to participate in outdoor activities, both in conservation or recreational settings. An online survey collected data from 106 participants on information pertinent to outdoor recreation interest and environmental concern. The goal of this survey was to assess interests in outdoor activities that bring together a recreational aspect (i.e. outdoor sports) with a conservation project, such as beach clean-ups. Responses varied, ranging from personal preference, physical ability, preference for or against technology incorporation, and ability for family participation. Overall, a large consensus showed support for conservation and recreation integration activities. This creates an open-ended exploration into the methods and best practices to bring such opportunities to the public in a wide-spread, effective and educational way.

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How do you bring conservation and recreation together?

2016SSEC

Education and community involvement establish a positive link between outdoor recreation and conservation. Working to connect a positive experience with a desire to give back to the outdoors through conservation projects is important for the future of many outdoor habitats. Education and interpretation offer the greatest potential for the long-term success of conservation project involvement by the people who use outdoor recreational areas. This study focused on the public's motivation to participate in outdoor activities, both in conservation or recreational settings. An online survey collected data from 106 participants on information pertinent to outdoor recreation interest and environmental concern. The goal of this survey was to assess interests in outdoor activities that bring together a recreational aspect (i.e. outdoor sports) with a conservation project, such as beach clean-ups. Responses varied, ranging from personal preference, physical ability, preference for or against technology incorporation, and ability for family participation. Overall, a large consensus showed support for conservation and recreation integration activities. This creates an open-ended exploration into the methods and best practices to bring such opportunities to the public in a wide-spread, effective and educational way.