Outdoor Adventure Recreation

This page provides links for information on outdoor adventure, organizations, ethics and other useful links.  Click on the headings below to jump to each section.

Great Outdoors America
Outdoor Resources Review Group (ORRG) Report released July 2009 analyzing efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s outdoor heritage – including parks, wildlife refuges and open space noting the need for sustainable funding stream and identifying trends affecting outdoor resources.

In-state Training Opportunities 
National Trails Link
Outdoor Adventure Organizations
Outdoor Ethics and Planning Tools 
Outdoor Recreation Directories
State & Local Trails Link
Trail Design Resources

Outdoor Ethics and Planning Tools:

Tread Lightly
Nonprofit organization with mission to “empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through education and stewardship”.

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
International nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

Ropes Course Construction The site offers a guide designed as a primer to help prospective challenge course operators make decisions about challenge course design, construction and management in relation to program budget and curriculum.

Outdoor Adventure Organizations

Associtation for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)
“ACCT is a trade organization, serving Challenge Course Professionals all over the world. The purpose of the association is to promote the use of Challenge Courses and to set minimum standards for Challenge Course installation, operation and inspection.”

American Camping Association (ACA)
“Nonprofit organization offering information on camps and summer opportunities for families and extensive resources for camp staff.”

American Canoe Association (ACA)
“American Canoe Association: Nonprofit, canoeing, kayaking, and rafting organization promoting paddlesports and river conservation.”

American Hiking Society (AHS)
Trail conservation & policy, articles and fact sheets on trail ecology, safety, economic benefits and funding resources.

The American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA)
“Nonprofit organization of climbers dedicated to making rock climbing safer through education and the replacement of unsafe bolts and anchors.”

Climbing Wall Association (CWA)
“Nonprofit organization offering consulting, insurance, publications… and address the needs and interests of the climbing wall climbers and is dedicated to making rock climbing safer through education and the replacement of unsafe bolts and anchors.”

International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA)
Information on trail construction, maintenance, events, and advocacy for mountain biking trails and activities.

Outdoor Recreation Directories

VisitNC: Outdoor Activities Directory
“Lodging and attractions throughout North Carolina. Includes statewide events calendar. (Link Specific to) Directory of Outdoor Activities.”

North Carolina Coastal Plain Paddle Trails
Includes maps, regulations, safety times and difficulty ratings

Horse and Mule Trails
Links for trails, campgrounds, trail rides and overnight hosts: listed by state with links to local resources.

In-state Training Opportunities

Paddle Sport Training Providers

North Carolina Outward Bound School
Public adventure courses, instructor training, corporate and professional courses, and programs for high school and college students.
Landmark Learning Specialized training for outdoor professionals: Trip Leader School, Backcountry Trip Leader School, Cave Trip Leader Schools, SOLO Wilderness school, Leave No Trace, Wilderness Education Association and more.If you don’t see the training you need, contact RRS and we will help you find it.Let us know if you would like to share a useful web resource for planning or design: Jenn Beedle