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NATURE BASED EDUCATION
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Do Experiences With Nature Promote Learning? Converging Evidence of a Cause-and-Effect Relationship? Ming Kuo, Michael Barnes, and Catherine Jordan. ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
"What emerged from this critical review was a coherent narrative ... experiences with nature do promote children’s academic learning and seem to promote children’s development as persons and as environmental stewards – and at least eight distinct pathways plausibly contribute to these outcomes. Below, we discuss the evidence for each of the eight pathways and then the evidence tying nature to learning, personal development, and the development of stewardship."
Finding the Pulse of Nature through Guided Inquiry in Nature-Based Citizen Science, Beth Keskey. KALEIDOSCOPE: EDUCATOR VOICES AND PERSPECTIVES
"After my middle schoolers completed a year-long series of nature observations using technology tools, one of my students epiphanized, 'I never knew the trees could tell us things. It’s like they’re talking in their own way.'"
Take It Outside: Nature-Based Education During the Pandemic, Sarah Hubbart. NEEF
“Outdoor education can provide a more equitable learning environment for all students, helping to close the opportunity gap for students who lack access to nature. This is expecially important considering how the pandemic emphasized the disparity between those who have the resources to participate in after-school programs ... "