By Martha Monroe and Gabby Salazar
Originally posted on the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) blog.
Are you interested in measuring and understanding a population’s connection to nature? Do you want to know if your program has influenced your participants’ connection to nature? After over two years of work, we are excited to share the Practitioner Guide to Assessing Connection to Nature with you. We have developed this guide for (and with) practitioners, organizations, and researchers interested in exploring and measuring connection to nature among their respective audiences.
We know that connection to nature benefits humans – it makes us healthier and happier, enhances our learning and creativity, and reduces our stress.
The 63-page guide provides 11 tools and approaches that you can use to assess connection to nature, and it includes copies of those tools for easy access. The guide is also designed to help you choose the right tool for your needs, whether you work with young children, teenagers, or adults.