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Websites for Scholarly Research and Professional Organizations
The field of outdoor education is particularly rich in current research accessible online via professional organization websites. Below is a small sampling of non-profit and educational agencies engaged in research in the field of OE. As you explore these websites, look for links to "Research", "Education", "Publications", or "Resources". These links often to take you to scholarly information found outside of even library databases. Be sure to check these important web resources as you conduct your research!
American Academy of Parks and Recreation
AAPRA is an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field. Through the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration and other projects, the Academy encourages both practitioners and educators to develop and enhance administration in the recreation and parks field.
American Canoe Association
The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a member based, national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation (aka FUN!)
American Mountain Guides Association
The AMGA inspires an exceptional client experience as the premier source for training, credentials, resource stewardship and services for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) works with federal, state, and local agencies, and the Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs in the cooperative management of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). To help ensure consistent management practices along the roughly 2,180 miles of the Trail, we provide a number of resources for volunteer leaders, agencies and others, including a library of A.T. management policies and other reference materials.
Association for Experiential Education: Publications
Offers an index of Journal of Experiential Education, 1978- present.
Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education
The mission of the Association is to provide opportunities for professionals and students in the field of outdoor recreation and education to exchange information, promote the preservation and conservation of the natural environment, and address issues common to college, university, community, military, and other not-for-profit outdoor recreation and education programs.
The world's largest source of education information, provides more than 1 million abstracts and journal articles.
Institute for Outdoor Learning
Offers abstracts of JAEOL (Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning).
LARnet: The Cyberjournal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research (LAR)
LARNet; The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research is published with the hard work of its editorial board members and peer reviewers. LARNet; The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research is free of charge to individuals, libraries, academic and commercial organizations. LARNet is part of a new publishing paradigm whereby the scholars themselves retain control over all aspects of the scholarly communication process.
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: Research Site
Offers citations and some full-text of selected articles on Leave No Trace-related research.
NOLS Research Webpage
Collection of research and publications from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Outdoor Ed provides online articles on a range of outdoor education and experiential education topics including: experiential education theory, adventure-based counseling, equipment, risk management, wilderness orientation programs, natural history, paddling, first aid, technology, debriefing & processing, leadership training, leave no trace, activity protocols, activity technique, and outdoor activities.
Wilderness Education Association (WEA)
Professional organization for outdoor educators. WEA publishes JOREL (Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Educational Leadership), and previously published JWEA (Journal of the Wilderness Education Association). Past issues of JWEA are available on the WEA website.
Google Scholar is a powerful research tool that allows users to locate online citations (and sometimes full-length articles) to academic, scholarly, and peer-reviewed resources.
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