Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



Capstone Instructor

Fred Bartling

Second Reader

Barbara Schoenbeck


early childhood education, environmental education, natural science, outdoor experiences, curriculum


The importance of environmental education to the healthy development of young children was discussed. A literature review of the current theories of brain development and the psychology of learning was developed to support the needs for children to actively learn more about the natural world and the relationship they have with it. The rationale for use of environmental education in early childhood programs was explained as well. Improvement of the situation was recommended through adding more natural science activities and increased outdoor experiences to early childhood programs. More specific recommendations in the form of a curriculum about birds was included.


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