Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paoze Thao


Experiential environmental education programs aim to provide a vast curriculum that combines classroom and out of classroom experiences to students. Their goal is to develop young learners to have awareness of current environmental issues, their role in the natural world, and understand the environmental programs. This senior capstone examines the effects of the Wetlands Wonders education program in the Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) to elementary school students. Through the use of teacher surveys and pre-surveys and post-surveys to 5th grade students in 6 schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in California, the result findings indicated that students were able to retain the knowledge taught to them in the curriculum and over fifty percent (50%) of the students were able to comprehend the rationale why protecting the wetlands are important for a healthy environment.

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