Research Library

We provide detailed summaries and citations for peer-reviewed research articles as well as links to those that are publicly available, or to publishers’ websites when not publicly available. Access via an educational institution or payment may be required in some cases to access full studies and source documents.

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Human-nature connection: A multidisciplinary review

Sustainability science could benefit from incorporating diverse evidence-based insights on human-nature connections

We are wilderness explorers: A review of outdoor education in Canada

Outdoor education in Canada generally focuses on the country’s history, environmental knowledge, outdoor-living skills, and personal growth

Impacts of outdoor environmental education on teacher reports of attention, behavior, and learning outcomes for students with emotional, cognitive, and behavioral disabilities

Students with special needs demonstrated longer attention spans and fewer disruptive behaviors while participating in outdoor learning activities

Age and connection to nature: When is engagement critical?

The most crucial time to promote people’s connection to nature may be during the older teenage years

A measure of nature connectedness for children and adults: Validation, performance, and insights

The Nature Connection Index can be used with adults and children to identify changes in nature connectedness for individuals and groups of people

Sustaining schoolyard pedagogy through community academic partnerships

Schoolyard-focused community academic partnerships can be effective in enhancing students’ understanding of ecological principles and increasing their awareness of environmental issues

Recognizing connection to nature: Perspectives from the field

Advancing the field of connectedness to nature requires collaboration and resource sharing of coherent, replicable, and context-sensitive measurement tools

A Bayesian mixed-methods analysis of basic psychological needs satisfaction through outdoor learning and its influence on motivational behavior in science class

Outdoor learning experiences can address students’ basic psychological needs and promote self-regulated learning

"Trees have a soul too!" Developing empathy and environmental values in early childhood

Preschool children can develop empathy for non-human beings, can feel the need to protect them, and recognize their intrinsic value

The development of conservation behaviors in childhood and youth

Time in nature, environmental socialization, and experiential learning promote conservation ethic

Adventure education and resilience enhancement

Adventure-based experiences may increase Latino youths’ resilience and decrease bullying

Bringing the jellyfish home: Environmental consciousness and ‘sense of wonder’ in young children’s encounters with natural landscapes and places

Researcher finds no contradiction between environmental learning and taking children outdoors to play freely in natural environments

White privilege in experiential education: A critical reflection

Increasing diversity in the outdoors is not enough when experiential education traditionally privileges majority participants

Exploring salutogenic mechanisms of an outdoor experiential learning programme on youth care farms in the Netherlands: Untapped potential?

A strengths-based approach to experiential education proves valuable for at-risk youth


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