Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation or outdoor activity refers to recreation done outside, most commonly in natural settings. The activities that encompass outdoor recreation vary depending on the physical environment they are being carried out in. These activities can include fishing, hunting, backpacking, and horseback riding — and can be completed individually or collectively. Outdoor recreation is a broad concept that encompasses a varying range of activities and landscapes.

Outdoor recreation is typically pursued for purposes of physical exercise, general wellbeing, and spiritual renewal. While a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities can be classified as sports, they do not all demand that a participant be an athlete. Rather, it is the collectivist idea that is at the fore in outdoor recreation, as outdoor recreation does not necessarily encompass the same degree of competitiveness or rivalry that is embodied in sporting matches or championships. Competition generally is less stressed than in organized individual or team sports. When the activity involves exceptional excitement, physical challenge, or risk, it is sometimes referred to as “adventure recreation” or “adventure training”, rather than an extreme sport.

Other traditional examples of outdoor recreational activities include hiking, camping, mountaineering, cycling, dog walking, canoeing, caving, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, running, sailing, skiing, sky diving and surfing. As new pursuits, often hybrids of prior ones, emerge, they gain their own identities, such as coasteering, canyoning, fastpacking, and plogging.

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Events & Activities

Feb 25
>Puzzle and Pie Night
Puzzle and Pie Night

Join us for our Second Annual Puzzle & Pie Night Out. Get a group of friends or family together and enjoy a great Sunday n...

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Mar 1
>First Friday “Creative District Focus”
First Friday “Creative District Focus”

Come celebrate First Friday in March!

Stroll Main Street in the heart of Carbondale’s Creative District and take ...

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Mar 7
>Green is the New Black Fashion Show
Green is the New Black Fashion Show

March 7-9 (Thurs-Sat)

Green Is the New Black is an alluring, dynamic show featuring both local and regional designe...

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Mar 30
>“Where My Peeps At?” Scavenger Hunt
“Where My Peeps At?” Scavenger Hunt

7th Annual Where My Peeps At? Scavenger hunt.
Race: Where My Peeps At?
Teams: 2-6 people (Kids welcome but clu...

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Apr 5
>First Friday — Spring into Wellness & Healing Hoof It 5K
First Friday — Spring into Wellness & Healing Hoof It 5K

Stroll Main Street in the heart of Carbondale’s Creative District and take in a wide range of local arts and galleries, ...

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Apr 24
>5 Point Film Festival
5 Point Film Festival

April 24-28 (Wed-Sun)

Every year, we come together as an outdoor-loving family to get inspired and motivated. Intim...

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