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Adventure Voluntourism: Help Manage Your Park

R. S. Bristow, Department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability, Westfield State University, USA.


Adventure tourists are engaged in a variety of activities around the world in parks and protected areas. For these tourists, one of the more popular interests is hiking. Hiking may involve a short walk in the local park or an extended long distance experience found during the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago or America’s long distance giant, the Appalachian Trail. Hikers can become the eyes and ears for park management, especially needed in the backcountry lands away from the busy trail.


Adapted from ‘Chapter 12 - Altruistic Adventure Voluntourism: Help Manage the Park You Visit’. In: Jenkins, I. (Ed.) Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Activities Management: A 21st Century Toolkit. CABI, pp. 145-154.


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