Average annual number of passive outdoor outings in the U.S. 2010

This graph depicts the average annual number of passive outdoor outings of outdoor participants (people who participate in other active outdoor activities) and outdoor non-participants (who don't normally particpate in active outdoor activities) in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010. Outdoor participants, on average, participated in passive outdoor activities 54.2 days in 2009.

How many days in 2010 did you participate in passive outdoor activities?*

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Release date

October 2011


United States

Survey time period

January and February 2011

Number of respondents

38,742 respondents

Age group

6 years and older

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

* During the survey, this question was posed as follows: "How many days in 2010 did you participate in passive outdoor activities, such as picknicking, unstructured playing time, visiting a community park, kite flying, lunch outdoors at a park bench or a short walk at lunch?"
A participant in outdoor recreation is defined as an individual who took part in one or more of 40 outdoor activities at least once during 2009 / 2010. Included in those 40 activities are for example backpacking, bicycling, surfing and fishing.
Data for 2009 is taken from the 2009 participation report.

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