Katherine E. Abell

Participation in Select Nature-based Recreational Activities by Rural Mississippi Youth

SEAFWA Journal Volume 7, March 2020
Wildlife Outstanding Technical Paper

Recruitment and retention of future conservationists are key issues for many natural resources agencies and organizations. Engaging chil-

dren in nature-based recreation may contribute to their future participation as adults. Because rural settings and rural cultures can support outdoor recreational engagement for youth, we investigated nature-based recreational habits of rural children through a convenience survey of 608 fifth grade students in eight northeastern Mississippi public and private schools across four counties. Survey results indicate fishing and hunting were the most...