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Community Engagement and Conservation: Introducing Two Resources for Environmental Educators

Environmental educators everywhere work in a constantly shifting landscape, from changing demographics that offer new opportunities and challenges, to an increase in the scale and scope of environmental and social issues facing every community on the...

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3/26/21
Guest Perceptions of Physical Activity Point-of-Decision Prompts at a Conservatory with Botanical Gardens

Point-of-decision prompts are cost-effective strategies to promote physical activity in public
spaces. This study explored how adult and child guests of a conservatory with botanical gardens
perceived point-of-decision prompts that aimed...

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8/30/19
An Update of the Literature Supporting the Well-Being Benefits of Plants: Part 2 Physiological Health Benefits

This paper focused on providing evidence from the literature regarding the physiological health benefits associated with plants, thereby influencing the physiological, psychological, and cognitive well-being constructs affecting quality of life. These...

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8/20/19
Examining Equitable and Inclusive Work Environments in Environmental Education: Perspectives from the Field and Implications for Organizations

This study, led by the Research Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science, was commissioned as part of a planning grant, funded by the Pisces Foundation, to support the design of a professional learning workshop series for outdoor science organizations....

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7/29/19
K–12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence

K–12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence provides students, parents, caregivers, educators and others a roadmap to achieving environmental literacy by setting expectations for fourth (age 10), eighth (age 14) and twelfth grade (age 18)...

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7/29/19
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education Addressing Policy, Practice, and Research That Matters

Children who spend more time outdoors are more physically active and have fewer behavioral problems than those who spend less time outdoors. No studies to date have evaluated physical activity and behavioral outcomes in an exclusively outdoor nature...

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7/29/19
Connecting People to Nature: From Caring to Conservation and More

Hear from three experts exploring research, strategies, and benefits of connecting people to nature: Louise Chawla, University of Colorado; Lauren Watkins, Impact by Design; and Sheila Williams-Ridge, University of Minnesota. 

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5/20/19
Do Experiences With Nature Promote Learning? Converging Evidence of a Cause-and-Effect Relationship

Do experiences with nature – from wilderness backpacking to plants in a preschool, to a wetland lesson on frogs—promote learning? Until recently, claims outstripped evidence on this question. But the field has matured, not only substantiating...

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5/20/19
How do climate change experiments alter plot-scale climate?

To understand and forecast biological responses to climate change, scientists frequently use field
experiments that alter temperature and precipitation. Climate manipulations can manifest in complex ways, however, challenging interpretations of...

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5/3/19
What determines how we see nature? Perceptions of naturalness in designed urban green spaces

The multiple benefits of ‘nature’ for human health and well‐being have been documented at an increasing rate over the past 30 years. A growing body of research also demonstrates the positive well‐being benefits of nature‐connectedness. There is,...

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4/22/19
The Ultimate Guide to Creating Sustainability Changemakers

Go-to Guide for Creating a New Generation of Changemakers Capable of Transitioning Our World to a Sustainable Future:

  • Understand the role of experiential learning in environmental and sustainability education
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4/4/19
Adopt-A-Pond/Field/Park Example Documents

Attached are a series of documents from various institutions and states that desribe their Adopt-A-Pond, Field, or Park Programs. These documents can serve as templates for those interested in adopting their own specific guidelines, applications, and...

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4/1/19
Brookside Gardens Stroll for Wellness

The positive benefits of exposure to nature and green spaces related wellness are well documented. A structured walk in a garden setting combination with reflective journaling may result in profound outcomes for  people suffering from PTSD (post-...

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4/1/19
Plant Madness: A Classroom Game Using Bracketology for Horticulture Plant Identification Courses

Plant Madness was a classroom activity developed and implemented for the Landscape Plants II identification course at Kansas State University. The game was modeled after the National Collegiate Athletic Association college basketball March Madness...

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4/1/19
Naming and Framing Issues for Deliberation: Resources

Issue guides provide the overall framework for the deliberative discussion and help forum participants focus on alternative courses of action. Key to creating an issue guide is how it is framed - how the issue is defined and what alternative courses of...

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3/25/19
Guidelines for Excellence Professional Development of Environmental Educators

Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence is a set of
recommendations about the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to provide high quality
environmental education. The guidelines are designed...

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2/14/19
Evaluating Awareness of Horticulture Therapy in the Omaha Area

Horticulture therapy, where gardens, landscapes, and other plant materials are used to increase
overall wellness or reach defined therapeutic goals, has a body of research which supports its
effectiveness. To assess potential clients’...

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1/8/19
Status and Education Programs of Public Children’s Gardens in the United States

The purpose of this study was to examine the status and education programs of public children’s gardens in the United States and evaluate their role as a place to provide nature experiences and learning for children.

 

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3/21/18
An Evaluation of Food Systems Education and Interpretation in U.S. Public Gardens

The primary goals of this research were to 1) determine how public gardens are addressing food systems education, 2) discern what information gardens communicate about challenges facing food systems, and 3) identify barriers to including challenging...

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3/1/18
Coastal Risk Reduction Framework

This document is aimed at communities and organizations responsible for management of coastal zones, their risks and resources, and offers the benefit of a wide range of experience from around the world. The...

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11/16/17

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