Environmental Education & Nature-Based Learning

The study of nature-based learning brings together research on access to nature, human health and well-being, and settings that support learning. Nature-based learning occurs in natural settings and where elements of nature have been brought into built environments. It includes learning about the natural world, but extends to engagement in any subject, skill or interest while in natural surroundings.
Dr. Louise Chawla

Dr. Louise Chawla

On September 24th, Dr. Louise Chawla presented to the faculty, staff, and students in the AESE department about her research in Nature Based Learning and Environmental Education. The resources from her presentation can be found on this page as well as a recording of the presentation itself.

Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita in the Program in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder and previous associate director of the Children, Youth and Environments Center, is a prolific author on topics related to children and nature, children in cities, and the development of active care for the natural world. Dr. Chawla is a Fellow of CEDaR (Community Engagement, Design and Research Center), Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder; Executive Committee Member for Growing Up Boulder (an initiative to
engage the voices of children and youth in urban planning and design in the city of Boulder); and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Children and Nature Network. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Her presentation can be found here: