ERIC Number: ED391648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Making Fun Learning.
Outdoor recreation programs are valuable because they always permit, and always can promote interactions between participants and natural elements of the environment. Because such programs provide direct, personal experience in the outdoors, they should also seek to provide participants with a basic understanding of, and an appreciation for the interrelationships that exist in the environment and between humans and the environment. All outdoor programs, including recreational ones, should promote environmental literacy. Fun should be learning, too. Because most outdoor recreation programs are fundamentally recreational, not educational, it is unreasonable to expect them to provide for a formal program of instruction. However, while education, in at least a basic form, should be an integral part of outdoor programming, too little attention has been paid to systematically programming for education in outdoor recreation programs. By making an effort to systematically incorporate learning as an element of fun, programs can help acclimatize participants to the natural environment, provide skills for life-long leisure, and contribute to participants' sense of social and environmental responsibility. More importantly, programs can promote caring about the environment, and can insure that participants return home with rich, meaningful, and unforgettable memories about their experiences in the outdoors. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Second Coalition for Education in the Outdoors National Conference (Cortland, NY, October 7-10, 1994).