Capstone Project Title
Spending time in nature can have many effects on a person. I wanted to find out if one of these effects was a change in behavior regarding sustainable actions and mindsets. The research question posed for this project is: How does experiential education in a nature based setting impact pro-environmental behaviors? After researching many different forms of outdoor education and frameworks widely used in education, I decided my project would consist of an interactive activity booklet meant to be taken to a park or natural space along the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities, or the surrounding areas. I wanted this booklet to enhance the visitors' experience while creating a connection to the land. It was important to me to attempt to bridge the gap between the city elements and natural elements of the Twin Cities, in order to inform the community that they have wild lands right in their backyards. Connecting people, especially youth, with their local environment in an engaging way is an important and necessary step to creating pro-environmental behaviors in future generations. The goal of this project is to teach the public about the environment in their community in a thought provoking, engaging manner, bring awareness to the participants’ impact on the environment, and provide information on how to act pro-environmentally in order to preserve and protect the participants’ local environment.
Outdoor Activity Booklet
Environmental Studies, Multiple Intelligences, Reflective Practice, Sustainability
Babich, Delaney, "Utilizing Experiential Education in Nature-Based Settings to Impact Pro-Environmental Behaviors" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 803.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects