In 2009, Americans participated in more outdoor sports, but spent less money, according to the Outdoor Foundation. The greater participation/less cash could have something to do with the free weekends at National Parks, and almost certainly has something to do the slowly recovering economy over the course of the year.
“We see the economy driving people back to nature. This has tremendous implications for health and wellness issues surrounding the sharp increases in childhood obesity,” said Christine Fanning, Executive Director of Outdoor Foundation. “Outdoor recreation is finally being recognized as part of the solution. Our position is that nature should be the first prescription.”