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Family nature clubs: An intergenerational opportunity to foster love of the natural world

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Three experiences have been found to foster long-lasting care for the natural environment: time spent enjoying nature, especially during childhood; a close, often familial, role model for nature appreciation; and participation in a nature-focused group that offers direct learning opportunities. Family nature clubs (FNCs) offer all three experiences by regularly bringing families together with a guide to explore and learn about nature. This article reports on a recent doctoral study of over 340 people representing 47 FNCs that sought to understand how these groups may foster environmental sustainability as well as individual, family and community wellbeing. Study results on the effects of FNC participation are presented to help illuminate how family time spent in nature can encourage a connection with and love for nature that may, in turn, foster pro-environmental behaviour.
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Keywords: CONNECTEDNESS WITH NATURE; FAMILY NATURE CLUBS (FNCS); PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOUR; TIME IN NATURE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: November 1, 2016

This article was made available online on October 10, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "Family nature clubs: An intergenerational opportunity to foster love of the natural world".

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