The Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation engaged Responsive Management, a premier survey analysis company, to conduct a research study involving a representative sample of 4,957 students. The 2013 survey results definitively and quantitatively support what OA students report.
“I have learned more about the outdoors in the first six weeks than I have learned my whole life,” said a student of Stone Middle School.
The survey rating for each of the 10 overall sporting unit program elements and the OA in general proved the OA program to be highly popular with 90% of the respondents. A whopping 92% of students responded that the OA prepared them to hunt, fish, shoot, camp, or go boating on their own or with a family member. Over 90% learned “a lot” or “a little” about wildlife management, ethics, values and wilderness stewardship.
More importantly, pre- and post-program survey comparisons indicated a positive shift from “good” to “excellent” when students were asked to rate their ability to participate in sports or physical activities, to develop friendships with other students, to maintain good relationships with their teachers, to stay out of trouble, and to get good grades.
The retail outdoor industry will be thrilled to learn that the survey indicated a marked increase in all types of equipment purchased post-program.
Occasionally, a school district administration will have some specific questions about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s National Archery in Schools Program. The program is very popular with students. The following information is from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help answer some potential questions: