Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado


Cassie Gimple


The purpose of this research was to determine if there is a need for technology to be accessible to people who visit parks and outdoor recreation sites. An online snowball and hard copy sample of 73 people completed a 29-item questionnaire assessing outdoor activities and the internal and external factors that surround those activities. Visual inspection of the percentage of people involved in each outdoor activity revealed that a majority of the sample population spent their outdoor recreation time hiking, camping and visiting National Parks. A Pearson product-moment correlation revealed that the number of times people participated in these outdoor activities had no correlation to their use of technology. T-test results indicated that how a person feels about their outdoor experience is not affected by whether they use technology. Overall, the study revealed that outdoor recreation choices are not affected by whether a person uses technology or not.