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Pack to Back: Investigating Backpacking and Other Backcountry and Wilderness Activities

This article is from Issue Pack to Back (Wilderness 50 Monograph Series) - Vol. 1 No. 9.

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The scientists in this study wanted to answer two questions: (1) How many people in the United States are projected to participate in four backcountry and wilderness activities in 2060 compared with participation in 2008? (2) On average, how many days per year is each person projected to participate in 2060 compared with the number of days per year in 2008?

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Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • Scientific Topics
  • Uses and Benefits of Science

Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Human impact on natural resources
  • Importance of Forests
  • Outdoor Time
  • Trees
  • Value of natural environments

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms (C)
  • Nature of science (G)
  • Populations and ecosystems (C)
  • Populations, resources and environments (F)
  • Regulation and behavior (C)
  • Risks and benefits (F)
  • Science as a human endeavor (G)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)