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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Adventure Education

Adventure Education

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Urban Environmental Education Review

Denise Mitten

Lewis Ting On Cheung

Wanglin Yan

Robert Withrow-Clark

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the benefits of adventure education and of pairing adventure and environmental education in urban environments. By participating in outdoor activities, people learn about their surroundings and places they might not otherwise visit. These group experiences enhance social ties and may promote pro-environmental behaviors, which contribute to ecosystem health and human well-being as well as urban sustainability. Benefits of adventure education include positive relationships with self, other people, places, and the natural world. After explaining what adventure education is, the chapter considers adventure education in urban areas such as metropolitan Hong Kong, Minneapolis (Minnesota), and Japan. It shows that adventure education can be used by educators as a catalyst for urban environmental education.

Keywords:   adventure education, urban environments, outdoor activities, urban sustainability, Hong Kong, Minneapolis, Japan, urban environmental education

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