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ERIC Number: ED404088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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When Bambi Meets Godzilla: Bringing Environmental Education and Outdoor Recreation Together.
Schatz, Curt
This paper examines the relationship between outdoor recreation and environmental education. Observations of resident environmental education centers in Minnesota and of recreational programs on U.S. Forest Service lands found that, to the extent that planned and unplanned outcomes can be equated, the two types of programs seemed to produce the same results: increased environmental awareness and improved recreational skills. Teachers in the outdoors and recreators teaching people to enjoy the outdoors have an interest in helping participants to better understand the environment, if only to protect the resources on which all rely. The impact of outdoor and adventure programs on the individual provides an ideal opportunity for environmental learning. Nine steps for including environmental education in outdoor recreation programs include deliberate planning of environmental education elements, creating a program philosophy of environmental harmony, encouraging a sense of awe and respect for natural environments, promoting a level of comfort with the outdoors, teaching and living minimum-impact philosophy and techniques, emphasizing relationships between personal behavior and environmental consequences, weaving small environmental lessons into all program aspects, utilizing available environmental education resources, and avoiding portrayal of the environment as an adversary to overcome. On the other hand, infusing recreation into environmental education programs can help students adjust to the outdoors, turn abstract information into concrete experience, provide outdoor skills, and make learning fun. Contains 24 references and suggested readings. (SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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