Date of Award


Document Type

Access Controlled Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Charles H. Yaple, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Herman J. Altmann

Third Advisor

Vicki L. Wilkins, Ph.D.


Outdoor education is both a valuable and valid method of teaching and learning that uses experience as the primary focus. It is a way of curriculum enrichment that can be applied to any and all school subjects. "It is not a separate discipline with prescribed objectives like science and mathematics; it is simply a learning climate which offers opportunities for direct laboratory experiences" (Smith, 1969, p. 1) that helps the student grasp concepts more easily, gain insights, and develop concern about humans and their relationship to the natural environment.