A​ Program Evaluation of Outside Las Vegas’ YMCA Education Program

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Mendoza, Robin; Schmidt, Kevin; Barajas, Arcelia; Chun, Branson
Public Administration; Public Affairs; Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
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Today, more than ever, society needs high-quality environmental education programs that succeed in moving values and changing behaviors in the direction of sustainability and conservation. The most common definition of outdoor education comes from "education in, about, and for the outdoors" (Donaldson and Donaldson, 1958, p. 63). They described outdoor learning as taking place “in” the outdoors and the subject matter being “about” nature or the outdoors. There are a variety of studies about “outdoor learning” with a large variation of topics, activities, settings and channels of delivery. The research discussed in this paper will vary slightly to demonstrate the different aspects of outside learning as it relates to Outside Las Vegas Foundation’s mission and programming. YMCA location being used in this evaluation may use this information to determine the level of community connectedness in civic engagement and volunteer rates, especially in poorly developed areas of Las Vegas.