Preserving the Great Outdoors
Outdoor recreation is one of our country’s most important and popular pastimes. In addition to generating billions of dollars in spending and millions of jobs, it also provides communities with a wide range of health benefits. Recent trends, however, suggest that many sources of recreation-related funding have either stagnated or declined despite increasing interest and demand from the public.
We collaborate with federal, state, and municipal agencies to help inform management and decision-making processes related to outdoor recreation resources. Our research produces new insights about a variety of issues including but not limited to participation rates, visitor behaviors, satisfaction and well-being, user conflict, accessibility to parks, carrying capacity, policy and regulation in natural resource management, and conservation funding structures. This helps land managers balance their dual mission of simultaneously promoting conservation and generating positive visitor experiences, ultimately creating happier and healthier populations.
Our Research in Action
NC State Researchers Aim to Create a More Inclusive Outdoor Experience
As the population continues to increase and diversify, recreation managers are striving to ensure that parks are meeting the needs of visitors from all cultural backgrounds.
Meet Our Experts
Interested in outdoor recreation research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.
- Bethany Cutts, Assistant Professor
- Lincoln Larson, Assistant Professor
- KangJae “Jerry” Lee, Assistant Professor
- Yu-Fai Leung, Professor and Graduate Program Director
- Jelena Vukomanovic, Assistant Professor