Council on Adventure & Outdoor Education/Recreation News
Promoting Lifetime Physical Activity Through Innovative and Outdoor Recreational Activities
With the obesity epidemic, promoting lifetime physical activity is a priority in society today and specifically in physical education classes. Physical education classes can teach a variety of lifetime physical activities in order to introduce students to several activities that they may thoroughly enjoy and continue in the future. As a university pedagogy teacher in the kinesiology field, I teach a class titled "Innovative Games and Sports" where lead-up games to several sports and outdoor education/recreation activities are taught to future physical educators. This combination of outdoor education/recreation with traditional sports is due in part to the state education code in our state, which limits a baccalaureate degree to 120 hours. This requirement has caused course materials to be combined and the elimination of several courses. Several adventure education and outdoor recreation activities are presented in the course: team building, initiative activities, angling, climbing/bouldering, disc golf, kayaking, and canoeing. Read more.
How Do You Use America's Great Outdoors?
In April of 2011 President Obama announced America's Great Outdoors Initiative, directing the departments of the Interior and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality to host listening and learning sessions across the country. The President wants to hear your ideas about conservation and ways to reconnect Americans with the outdoors. Join this conversation by sharing your ideas and stories at one of the upcoming listening sessions or online.