Capstone Project Title
Heidi Hanlon and John Ward
nature. Educators must find ways to bring nature to the classroom. Nature journaling uses unique geographies of places as a basis for teaching natural science and other subjects. The nature journaling curriculum development project here, dedicated to natural science and environmental education asks, in what ways could nature study and place-based education be taught to students who live in the urban environment? Goals, learning benefits, and results of nature study and place-based education will be discussed in the literature review. Nature journaling as a tool of learning, along with its benefits, will be discoursed to better understand why the project could be beneficial to education. Development of nature journaling curriculum for students who attend public schools follows the need for continual environmental education development, a longtime goal of the field. Environmental education approaches and already established nature journaling curriculums appear to be most understated at the level of high school students, the chosen level of learner to develop curriculum for. Influences of the project include naturalists and educators who were founders of the field of nature study, first inspiring the ideals that became environmental education. Nature journaling authors Laws and Lygren provide an exceptional guide to assist in the adaptation of a curriculum project meant to meet NGSS cross-cutting concepts in an Understanding by Design development unit. Wisconsin State Standards for Environmental Education and Sustainability are used as educational goals.
Community Building, Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Natural Science
Kelley, Emaline, "Place-Based Education and Nature Journaling Curriculum Development" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 805.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects