This book looks at outdoor pursuits as a sub-phenomenon of the larger recreation and leisure phenomenon, but with an added touch of the natural element, with its psychological influence and social significance. Part One provides two views of nature - original inhabitants and newcomers. Part Two provides the reader with a description of the resources available to the outdoor adventurer - federal, state, local, and private. Part Three examines the policies, procedures, and problems associated with outdoor recreation. Students will gain a broad appreciation enabling them to understand outdoor recreation from both the user and manager's viewpoints.