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Citizen SciencePublic Participation in Environmental Research$
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Janis L. Dickinson and Rick Bonney

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449116

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449116.001.0001

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Children and Nature

Children and Nature

Following the Trail to Environmental Attitudes and Behavior

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Citizen Science

Nancy M. Wells

Kristi S. Lekies

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the connection between children and nature and how this connection relates to citizen science outcomes. It reviews the literature to find evidence concerning the short-term impacts of children's nature experiences, and especially whether nature activities affect children's short-term environmental attitudes and behaviors, as well as the correlation between childhood nature experiences and later life outcomes. The findings are summarized and the strength of the evidence provided by the extant research is assessed. The chapter concludes by suggesting directions and strategies for future research, paying particular attention to the causal association between environmental education or citizen science projects and participants' environmental attitudes, behaviors, and other outcomes of interest.

Keywords:   children, nature, citizen science, environmental attitudes, environmental education, citizen science projects, environmental behavior

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