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Wilderness Experience Programs for Personal Growth, Therapy, Education, and Leadership Development: Their extent, social-economic and ecological impacts and natural resource policy implications.

The Wilderness & Protected Area Research Center  recently completed a five-year program of research (1994-2000) on: Wilderness Experience Programs for Personal Growth, Therapy, Education, and Leadership Development: Their extent, social-economic and ecological impacts and natural resource policy implications. Click here for final report.  

The formal plan of research : 

  • Created and operated three model wilderness experience programs to generate research data and program leadership experience;
  • Surveyed over 350 wilderness experience programs (WEPs) to determine the extent, characteristics and dynamics of the industry;
  • Surveyed wilderness manager’s attitudes and policies toward WEPs (see Gager et al. 1996 in publication list);
  • Established a new student wilderness orientation program (IN IDAHO);
  • Studied the links between wilderness characteristics and WEP benefits;
  • Carried out a benchmark study of wilderness therapy theory, process and outcomes (See Russell, 1999 in publication list.)