Funder Webinar: A Coordinated Research Agenda for Nature-Based Learning

    Nature-based learning, or learning through exposure to nature and nature-based activities, encompasses a range of activities, learning environments, and outcomes. Nature-based learning can lead to the acquisition of a wide range of skills, knowledge, values, attitudes, and behaviors, contributing to positive outcomes for conservation, education, health, social justice, and youth development. As compelling evidence on the benefits of nature-based learning continues to grow, a coordinated effort has emerged to identify a research strategy for advancing this work.

    The Science of Nature-Based Learning Collaborative Research Network, with funding from the National Science Foundation, recently completed a process of developing a research agenda for nature-based learning, drawing input from researchers, practitioners, and funders in the field. This agenda aims to move the field forward by identifying priority research questions and methodological improvements to increase the relevance and rigor of research in the field. Members of Blue Sky Funders Forum participated in the agenda-setting process. This webinar reviews the completed agenda and invites a dynamic discussion around the role funders can play in implementing the agenda to inform and improve practice, research, and policy.

    Cathy Jordan, PhD, LP
    Consulting Research Director, Children & Nature Network
    Associate Director for Leadership & Education, U of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
    Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School

    Louise Chawla, PhD
    Professor Emerita, Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder

    This one-hour webinar will begin at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern.

    August 28, 2019
    Blue Sky Funders Forum
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