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S. Bureau of Census, 1975, Series J 3-7). World War II in the 1940s, an emerging baby boom, and increasing prosperity coupled with the development of suburbs in the 1950s led to an increased demand for wood and water, and an increasing push for tourist development in the national parks. Because primitive areas were protected only by administrative fiat, commercial interests threatened wilderness and primitive areas, and the national parks themselves. An emerging new threat was the dam builders, as America sought electric power and water for irrigation and drinking.

1 An Abbreviated History of Outdoor Club Programming in Higher Education 1909: The first collegiate outing club, the Dartmouth Outing Club (Dartmouth College), was formed in New Hampshire, primarily to promote skiing and snowshoeing. 1911: The Dartmouth Outing Club held the first Winter Carnival, which included intercollegiate ski and snowshoe races and ski jumping. 1915: The Williams Outing Club (Williams College, MA) was formed. Though modeled after the Dartmouth Outing Club, it expanded activities to include hunting and fishing, camping, and caving.

NOLS is today considered one of the leading wildernessbased outdoor or adventure education organizations in the country. Bruce Saxman History of Outdoor Recreation in the United States 23 Programs like Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School provide educational outdoor adventures. College and University Outdoor Programs Although college outing clubs had been very common in the northeastern United States, especially in private colleges, with the advent of Outward Bound, a growing interest in outdoor pursuits education by physical educators, and the general growth in outdoor pursuits recreation in the 1960s, recreation-based cocurricular outdoor programming began to expand within higher education.

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