Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Elementary Education (K-6)

First Advisor

Cathy Hartman


Outdoor education can significantly improve the wellbeing of children, in regards to their mental health, emotional welfare, and physical condition. This thesis will present the existing evidence supporting the benefits of outdoor education, alongside resources and strategies that I have explored to support teachers beginning to take their students outdoors. For the purposes of this thesis, outdoor education is defined as experiential learning that takes place outdoors or focuses on learning about the natural world. The curricular resource portion of the thesis will serve as a guide for educators wanting to implement outdoor education into their classrooms. This will include lesson plans, protocols, student work, and photographs. The curricular resource portion discusses implementing outdoor education into a K-5 general education classroom, but could easily be adapted to fit other settings.

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