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APM Research Lab: How often do Americans spend free time in nature?

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How often do Americans spend free time in nature? And what is keeping them from getting out more?

In partnership with the Water Main, the APM Research Lab asked a nationally representative sample of Americans two questions:

  1. How often do you spend free time in nature? This includes things like going to a park, going for a hike, or going to the beach. This does not include activities like organized sports such as basketball or baseball. Would you say: Several times a week; about once a week; once or twice a month; less than once a month; or never?

  2. What is the single biggest thing that keeps you from spending more free time in nature?


You can read and share the full report (PDF).

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