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Title: Getting the engine started: motivations for participation in a university outdoor recreation program

Author: Sharp, Ryan L.; Miller, Craig A.;

Date: 2009

Source: In: Klenosky, David B.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2008 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2008 March 30 - April 1; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-42. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 181-186.

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Description: This study was conducted to identify the motivations of trip participants in the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Program at the University of Georgia during the fall semester of 2007, and to collect baseline data about their participation. Participants were asked to fill out a survey and return it to the trip leader at the conclusion of each trip. Participants' activity selection was found to be significantly related to motivation for: gaining new experiences, seeking solitude, experiencing a thrill, visiting a new place, and meeting new people. Activity selection was not motivated by: wanting to join a friend who was participating in that activity, taking a trip as part of a personal hobby, or getting physical education credit. Discussion focuses on providing a better understanding of student motivations for participation in university recreation programs and how this understanding can provide for better programming.

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Sharp, Ryan L.; Miller, Craig A. 2009. Getting the engine started: motivations for participation in a university outdoor recreation program. In: Klenosky, David B.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2008 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2008 March 30 - April 1; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-42. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 181-186.

 


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