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What is the Outdoor Recreation Access and Participation Survey (ORAPS)? Webinar

January 30 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Outdoor Recreation Access and Participation Survey (ORAPS) has been designed to measure activity participation by different groups and enable comparisons across populations and regions. Our goal is to develop rigorous national standards for collecting and disseminating information on outdoor recreation participation by US households at county, state, and national levels. ORAPS has been designed to provide a more complete understanding of outdoor recreation participation by explicitly considering equity and health issues, and it includes modules on Access, Motivations, Participation, Constraints, Needs, and Health (physical and mental). The webinar will go over survey development and piloting and a discussion about ORAPS partnerships (public and private) and implementation needs.


Learning Objectives:

  • Through the presentation of the origins, development, and legislative justifications for a national Outdoor Recreation Access and Participation Survey (ORAPS), participants will be able to evaluate the purpose, need for, and appropriateness of the survey.
  • The presentation of a theoretical framework and survey modules will provide participants the opportunity to differentiate the survey components and synthesize how they can be combined to understand recreation participation and address health and equity issues.
  • Participants will be able to appraise the lessons learned from the expert analysis.
  • Participants will review plans for future implementation and be able to offer recommendations for future development.



  • Dr. Wayde Morse, Professor, Auburn University
  • Dr. Lee Cerveny, Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service
  • Dr. Randy Rosenbergerm Professor, Oregon State University




January 30
8:00 am - 9:00 am
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