I'm looking for a good adjective to describe a person who loves experiencing nature, as in a person who has been in the Boy Scouts for most of his life, loves fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, sleeping under an open sky, ice fishing, canoeing, crosscountry skiing and other things along those lines. A true-born “nature freak.”
A biophilic is a person driven by curiosity, never wasting an opportunity to know something more about creatures in his neighbourhood.
The Biophilia Hypothesis is an area of research that pertains to such people and systems.
A nemophilist. Maybe it relates to what you need.
One who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.
Enthusiast: someone who is very interested in and involved with a particular subject or activity: a computer-games enthusiast
Motivation for my answer: the outdoorsman that was proposed does have a feminine version, outdoorswoman. I've seen it used in the hunting and fishing column in my local newspaper. But having the two versions makes things awkward.