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Forest Stewardship Education: Fostering Positive Attitudes in Urban Youth

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Philadelphia middle school students participated in a forestry education program that involved activities in the classroom, an urban forest, and a demonstration forest. A better understanding of forest stewardship, as evidenced by students' increased knowledge and shifting attitudes, was the cumulative effect, but activities and discussions in the demonstration forest proved the most effective educational method for fostering positive attitudes toward forestry.
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Keywords: attitude change; demonstration forest; environmental education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; program design; urban and community forestry

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, 1159 Forestry Building, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-1159, [email protected] 2: Extension Director Alabama Co-operative Extension System, Auburn University, Auburn 3: Director School of Forest Resources and Agricultural and Extension Education, Penn State University, University Park 4: Associate Professor Agricultural and Extension Education, Penn State University, University Park

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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