OA Survey by Responsive Management

OTF’s research supporting Outdoor Adventures outcomes in outdoor skills and wildlife conservation education in the classroom.


Secondary School Survey Results Show Overwhelming Support and Success for Outdoors Adventures Education

Archery Programs: The Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation (“OTF”), an education partner with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, engaged Responsive Management, a premier survey analysis company, to conduct a research study involving a representative sample of 4,957 students.

Currently, tens of thousands of secondary school students participate in OTF’s Outdoor Adventures Education (“OAE”) program. The Dallas Safari Club generously funded the survey and is an appreciated supporter of OAE.

OTF’s state accredited OAE curriculum developed and provided by OTF is taught in secondary physical education classes in hundreds of school across America. The OAE curriculum specifically focuses on introducing young teenagers to valuable outdoor skills such as fishing, camping, boating, archery, hunter education, shooting sports, orienteering, survival skills, and outdoor cooking.

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Secondary School Survey Results Show Overwhelming Support and Success for Outdoors Adventures Education

“The material covered in Outdoors Adventures cannot be found in any other class. It gives students a different view on the outdoors and teaches them how important the world around them really is,” said a student of Arlington Martin High School.

“I have learned more about the outdoors in the first six weeks than I have known my whole life,” said a student of Stone High School.

The survey rating for each of the 10 overall sporting unit program elements and the OAE in general proved the OAE program to be highly popular with 90% of the respondents. A whopping 92% of students responded that the OAE prepared them to hunt, fish, shoot, camp, or go boating on their own or with a family member.

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.

To learn more about how OTF’s educational survey and the Outdoors Adventures Education program will benefit your school or how you and/or your company may contribute to the future success of OTF, please contact Scot McClure.

Secondary School Survey Results Show Overwhelming Support and Success for Outdoors Adventures Education

The old cliché Success breeds Success rings so true and OTF has 185 pages of successful survey results from 160 schools and 16,000 excited, involved students to prove that the OAE is a 'must have' program in the educational community ~ Scot McClure, OTF's Educational Coordinator