Leave No Trace COVID 19 Research

New Research: The COVID-19 Pandemic is Changing the Way People Recreate Outdoors

Some very interesting research on COVID 19 and how people recreate in the outdoors from Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in the US.

On March 11th, 2020, since the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, daily life has been rapidly altered leading to changes in the way we spend time outside.

To collect timely and relevant data on national recreation patterns, before, during, and after the pandemic, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in the US have worked quickly with its research partner, Pennsylvania State University, to offer guidance to land managers, recreation providers, and outdoor enthusiasts across the country. Over 1000 outdoor recreationists from the Leave No Trace community were surveyed in a 48-hour window from April 9-11, 2020.

Below you will find the links to the survey results.

General Public Survey

Land Manager Survey



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