We think independent family adventure is a relatively unresearched
phenomena. While we know researchers have studied the processes
and outcomes of more formal forms of adventure education, our sense
is there is currently little published work that looks at adventure
experiences that occur informally and naturalistically within family
groups. We may be wrong; our review of the field is at an early
stage. If you know of any published or unpublished work that might
be relevant to us, please do let us know.
In this initial stage of the project we're reaching out to make
contact with families around the world who adventure together. See
here for more details. We're gradually building a network of
contacts that we hope to engage collaboratively in processes of
formal and informal research.
Our research aim is to illuminate the why's and wherefore's of
independent family adventure. We want to share what we learn about
how adventure experiences occur within family settings, and the
impact they have on individuals and family groups. We hope this
will contribute to the body of knowledge about outdoor and adventure
Our initial research activities are focused on:
- gathering real-life stories about experiences of family adventure
from families actively engaged in it
- an on-line survey to discover
more about people's experience of and views on family adventure
- getting familiar with relevant literature
How can you help?
- If you're interested in participating in our research send us
your details and we'll get in touch.
- If you've got experience of family adventure, then why not tell
us about it through our online survey.
- If you have an active interest in this or similar fields, let
- We welcome recommendations on books, articles, papers, or journals
that may be relevant.
- We welcome help and advice about possible sources of funding.
This project is an independent family (ad)venture in itself. It
is self-managed and self-funded, or rather not funded.... yet!
More information about The Family Adventure Project research
work will appear here in due course.