Backpacking & Camping

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Backdoor Jobs

*EDUCATION*
Courses & Certifications
Alpenglo Education– Behavioral First Responder
Leave No Trace
National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE)
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Outward Bound
Solo Schools
Venture Out– Ally Training
Wilderness Medical Associates
Professional Associations
Association for Experiential Education
Wilderness Education Association

*ADAPTIVE HIKING*
No Barriers USA
Outdoors for All
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers
Adaptive Gear
Access TR
Action Trackchair
Grit Freedom Chair
Spartan Wheel Chariot
Sportaid
Tracfab

*LGBTQ+*
Diversify Outdoors
LBBT+ Outdoors
LGBTQ Outdoor Groups Map
LGBTQ Outdoor Summit
OUT There Adventures
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers
Venture Out

*PEOPLE OF COLOR*
Backpacking Light Diversity Grant
Black Folks Camp Too
Brown People Camping
Diversify Outdoors
Latino Outdoors
Natives Outdoors
Melanin Base Camp
Outdoor Afro
Outdoor Asian
Outdoors Empowered Network
Sierra Club
The Black Outdoors
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers

*WOMEN*
Color Outside
Girl Ventures
No Man’s Land Film Festival
Native Womens Wilderness
Outdoors Empowered Network
Sierra Club
The Outbound
Unlikely Hikers

*VETERAN & MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS*
Adaptive Adventures
Higher Ground
National Ability Center
No Barriers USA
Outdoors for All
Outward Bound
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Veteran Adventures
Veteran Expeditions
Warrior Expeditions

*PRODUCTS & RESOURCES*
1 Stop
Backcountry
Campmor
Moosejaw
REI
Apps & Media
Guthook App
On X App
Homemade Wanderlust Blog
Darwin on the Trail Blog
4 Luv of Hiking Blog
Food & Food Storage
Heather’s Choice Meals– Paleo meals
Hilltop Food Bags
Next Mile Meals– Keto meals
ULA Bear Bag Kit
Hygiene
Kula Cloth
Hygenia Travel Bidet
Lightload Towel
TentLab Trowel
Tushy Travel Bidet
Wysi Wipes
Small Business/Custom Gear
Appalachian Gear Company
Enlightened Equipment
Feathered Friends
Goosefeet Gear
Gossamer Gear
Hyperlite
Katabatic Gear
LiteAF
Mountain Laurel Designs
Seek Outside
TarpTent
UGQ
ULA
Waymark
Zpacks

*TRAIL & CONSERVATION RESOURCES*
AllTrails
American Hiking Society
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Continental Divide Trail
Hayduke Trail
National Park Service
Pacific Coast Trail Association

*RESEARCH*

Buchecker, M., & Degenhardt, B. (2015). The effects of urban inhabitants’ nearby outdoor recreation on their well-being and their psychological resilience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 10, 55–62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2015.06.007

Caldas, S. V., Broaddus, E. T., & Winch, P. J. (2016). Measuring conflict management, emotional self-efficacy, and problem solving confidence in an evaluation of outdoor programs for inner-city youth in Baltimore, Maryland. Evaluation and Program Planning, 57, 64–71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.04.003

Chang, Y., Davidson, C., Conklin, S., & Ewert, A. (2019). The impact of short-term adventure-based outdoor programs on college students’ stress reduction. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 19(1), 67–83. https://doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2018.1507831

Coll, PhD, K. M., Sass, EdD, M., Freeman, PhD, B. J., Thobro, MS, P., & Hauser, MSW, N. (2017). The value of therapeutic outdoor programs with adolescents in a rural residential treatment center: A pilot study. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 12(4), 25. https://doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2013.0055

Daniels, E., Cottingham, M., Walsh, D. W., & Pearson, D. (2017). An Evaluation of University Recreation Center Outdoor Programs for People With Disabilities: Perspectives From Professionals. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 9(1), 83–97. https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2017-V9-I1-7451

Dorsch, T., Richards, K. A. R., Swain, J., & Maxey, M. (2016). The Effect of an Outdoor Recreation Program on Individuals With Disabilities and their Family Members: A Case Study. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(2), 155–172. https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2016-V50-I2-6527

Duvall, J., & Kaplan, R. (2014). Enhancing the well-being of veterans using extended group-based nature recreation experiences. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 51(5), 685–696. https://doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.08.0190

Hawkins, B. L., Townsend, J. A., & Garst, B. A. (2016). Nature-Based Recreational Therapy for Military Service Members: A Strengths Approach. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(1), 55–74. https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2016-V50-I1-6793

Lundberg, N., Taniguchi, S., McGovern, R., & Smith, S. (2016). Female veterans’ involvement in outdoor sports and recreation: A theoretical sample of recreation opportunity structures. Journal of Leisure Research, 48(5), 413–430. https://doi.org/10.18666/JLR-2016-V48-I5-6897

Picton, C., Fernandez, R., Moxham, L., & Patterson, C. (2019). Experiences of outdoor nature-based therapeutic recreation programs for persons with a mental illness. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 17(12), 2517–2524. https://doi.org/10.11124/JBISRIR-D-19-00046

Rogers, S. D., Loy, D., & Brown-Bochicchio, C. (2016). Sharing a New Foxhole With Friends: The Impact of Outdoor Recreation on Injured Military. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 50(3), 213–227. https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2016-V50-I3-2837

Romagosa, F., Eagles, P. F. J., & Lemieux, C. J. (2015). From the inside out to the outside in: Exploring the role of parks and protected areas as providers of human health and well-being. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 10, 70–77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2015.06.009

Russell, M. S., Widmer, M. A., Lundberg, N., & Ward, P. (2015). Adaptation of an Adolescent Coping Assessment for Outdoor Adventure. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49(1), 18–34.

Van Puymbroeck, M., Ewert, A. W., Luo, Y., & Frankel, J. (2012). The influence of the Outward Bound Veterans Program on sense of coherence. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 11(3), 31–38. https://doi.org/10.5055/ajrt.2012.0025

Wilson, J. F., & Christensen, K. M. (2012). The Relationship Between Outdoor Recreation and Depression Among Individuals With Disabilities. Journal of Leisure Research, 44(4), 486–506. https://doi.org/10.1080/00222216.2012.11950275

Woodford, K. M., Fenton, L., & Connors, J. (2017). A Change of Scenery: Wilderness Therapy Treatment for Inpatients in Acute Care. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 51(4), 258–273. https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2017-V51-I4-7374