Date of Award

Spring 6-8-2023

Author Requested Restriction

Open Access (no restriction)

Work Type

Masters Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Matthew Weinstein


This research explores the benefits, challenges, and barriers of outdoor education in elementary school students. Three themes were identified: barriers and challenges, effects of learning outdoors, and risks and consequences of outdoor education. The paper examines how research in this area can align with the practices at a Washington State elementary school in the West Puget Sound area. Furthermore, the paper explores implications for future research in this domain. This paper highlights many strategies for educators to increase learning opportunities in nature.