Spring 2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Primary school children benefit from outdoor learning as it stimulates brain function and development. Unfortunately, outdoor learning is disappearing from elementary school curriculum, often due to school-wide and district budget cuts. Interviews with administration and teachers at a local elementary school revealed that educators believe field trips are beneficial for student learning even though budget cuts make them difficult to offer. Survey data collected from students before and after their participation in an outdoor lesson plan demonstrated improvements in student learning. An action project was implemented to provide improvements to lesson plans to incorporate outdoor learning. By raising money through class and/or school donations, the school budget can be used for other materials and students can still have memorable field trips to benefit their learning.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department