Outdoor Activity
Nature-based recreation
This indicator tracks participation in nature-based recreation in the Puget Sound region during winter, spring, fall and summer seasons. Recreational activities tracked are limited to those within the scope of Puget Sound recovery and include both passive and active recreational activities, such as wildlife-watching, fishing, bicycling, boating, and swimming. Here we present data from Fall 2020.
Nature-based recreation
By: Response
Using a six-point scale, ranging from 'I do not engage in this activity' (1) to 'More than 20 days per month' (6), respondents were asked to report "About how many days per month on average did you participate in the following recreation activities in the Puget Sound region this past fall".

Key Vital Sign Indicator Results

  • For the random population sample, the most frequently practiced outdoor activities are gardening/yardwork and wildlife viewing, including birds. For the purposive Latinx sample, using paved paths and picnicking were the most common activities.
  • The least frequently practiced outdoor activities are hunting and motorized trail use.
  • Because we alternate seasonal data collection with each survey, we cannot compare the 2020 data for fall and spring with the 2018 data for summer and winter.

Contributing Partners


No targets are currently set for this indicator.

Data Source

Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab

Vital Signs Survey Summary Report 2020

Vital Sign Indicator Reporter
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