Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Environmental Studies

First Advisor's Name

Raymond Scattone

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Whitney Bauman

Third Advisor's Name

Joel Heinen


environmental education, experiential education, outdoor education, environmental activism

Date of Defense



The main objective of this research was to determine the effectiveness of outdoor education on student knowledge retention, appreciation for nature, and environmental activism in a college level course on south Florida ecology. Six class sections were given quizzes on four course topics either post-lecture or post-field trip. Students were also given pre-course and post-course opinion surveys. Although mean quiz scores for the post-field trip were higher than for the post-lecture, statistical analysis determined that there was no significant difference in quiz scores for location taken (post-lecture or post-field trip). Survey results show a correlation between knowledge of environmental issues and environmental activism. Even though student survey responses point to outdoor education and field trips being the most effective method of learning and influential on appreciation for nature, the quiz scores do not reflect such.





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