During January and February of 2013 a total of 19,240 online interviews were carried out with a nationwide sample of individuals and households from the US Online Panel of over one million people operated by Synovate/IPSOS.
A total of 7,528 individual and 11,712 household surveys were completed.
In 2013, a record number of Americans — 142.6 million — participated in at least one outdoor activity and collectively, went on 12.1 billion outdoor outings. although the number of participants rose, the percentage of participants fell slightly from 49.4 percent in 2012 to 49.2 percent in 2013, due to population increase.
Compared to 2012, participation in outdoor activities increased or remained flat among all age groups, with the exception of those ages 25 to 44 and 45 and over. Participation dropped by one percentage point among those age groups.
Outdoor participation among youth and young adults showed promise. Participation among adolescents ages 13 to 17 levelled off, while participation among children ages six to 12 and young adults ages 18 to 24 made modest gains. Together, the youngest generation got out to enjoy an outdoor activity almost five billion times with an annual average of 99 outdoor outings. That compares to the 77 annual outings participants ages 25 and up took in 2013.
The most popular activities among young people, in terms of overall participation, continued to be running, biking, fishing, camping and hiking. Running, biking and skateboarding were among their top five favorite activities as measured by frequency. Adults reported similar favorite outdoor pursuits.