Publication Date

Spring 3-28-2023

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


How can I foster ecological identity? Defining ecological identity as a sense of awareness of how one relates with nature, and identity as an ecological being that is nature, this action research project will explore the ways in which people connect to the natural world through everyday moments. In understanding that the foundations, practices, and industry messaging of the outdoors can be exclusive and perpetuate systems of oppression, I am seeking to expand the notion of what nature connection can be. The hope is to create more accessible, inclusive, and equitable outdoor education practices. Research design included a survey and short, accessible nature activities. The nine participants offered feedback as to ways they felt their connection to nature was inhibited, which could be incorporated into changes in program design and language within Outdoor Education.

Keywords: connection, nature, ecological, identity