Taproot: A Journal of Outdoor Education


Professionals in the outdoor recreation and education fields are often looked upon as champions of the environmental cause. A number of assumptions appear to be made to this end. Yet, many of these assumptions may be based in myth. The intent of this article is to highlight the major arguments put forward supporting the significance of outdoor and adventure recreation as tools to develop a new environmental ethos; identify the assumptions within the arguments; and then expose the potential myths surrounding the assumptions.The arguments put forth in support of outdoor and adventure recreation are based on an article in the December 1992 issue of Recreation Canada by Professor Jude Hirsch of Acadia University. The intent is not to discredit the fields of adventure/ outdoor recreation and education, but to separate fact from fiction, a task that is essential if we are to meaningfully contribute to the building of a new environmental ethos.