Recreational science in nature: An on-the-ground perspective

Marc Boada


The aim of this collaboration is to reflect on outdoor recreational science and its relationship with teaching, scientific dissemination, collecting or geological tourism. I propose a radical vision of scientific experimentation outside the academic field, with more varied techniques, processes and materials, emphasising the importance of the «object», often of natural origin, as a motivator of perception, fine observation and scientific curiosity. I also briefly consider the impact it can have on the natural environment and the need to find a balance between human pressure and respect for the environment. Finally, I propose the inclusion of recreational scientific activities in camps, rural hotels, and other accommodation in nature, and even in specific spaces, as a necessary leisure activity for the knowledge society.


recreational science; STEAM; maker culture; scientific collecting; geological tourism



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