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4602.0.00.002 - Community Engagement with Nature Conservation, Australia , 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2013  First Issue
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Participation in natural environment related activities

Most Australians enjoy the benefits of the natural environment. In 2011-12, nearly three quarters of Australian adults (73%) took part in some activity that involved contact with nature in the last 12 months. The most popular of these activities was visiting a national park or botanic garden (52%), followed by a nature walk or bush walk (42%). Just under one third of Australian adults (31%) visited a wildlife park or zoo, and one quarter took a camping or nature holiday (25%) (Table 2 and Graph 1).

Graph Image for Graph 1 - Type of participation in natural environment related activities

Footnote(s): All persons aged 18 years and over

Source(s): Community Engagement with Nature Conservation, Australia



Of those people who participated in activities involving contact with nature, 93% did so for enjoyment, followed by social reasons (59%) and exercise (49%). Environmental reasons such as support for local environment and nature conservation were less common reasons for participation in natural environment related activities (15% and 10% respectively) (Table 3 and Graph 2).

Graph Image for Graph 2 - Reasons for participation in natural environment related activities

Footnote(s): Persons who have participated in natural environment related activities

Source(s): Community Engagement with Nature Conservation, Australia




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