I went through SurveyMonkey and established an account and made a sample survey just so I know how to go about making a real one in the future. This was my first time using SurveyMonkey, but it seems pretty basic and easy to navigate. I also did some internet research on writing surveys. I looked at basic tips and advanced issues to consider. I think the questions pertaining to how much/what kind of outdoor recreation people are involved in will be easy to write. The difficultly will be, I believe, in measuring people’s environmental attitudes. I probably won’t be able to make any causation conclusions, I will have to rely on other actual research for that. I will instead be looking for possible correlations between certain outdoor activities and environmental attitudes.
I also began reading through my book sources that I checked out of the library pertaining to outdoor recreation. I am taking notes and using the information to understand more about what outdoor recreation is, who does it, what are all the types, why do people do it and what are the problems that arise with management of outdoor recreation activities.