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Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2022
Ensuring that children are prepared for environmental issues in the future can be aided by building the skill of environmental literacy. A key factor in building this skill is having natural experiences and creating one’s connection and perception of the environment. This paper aims to identify if summer camps increase children’s perception of the environment. This was completed by testing children with an environmental perception survey (Children’s Environmental Perception Scale) before and after attending a summer camp and assessing environmental pollution knowledge through drawing (modified Draw-An-Environment Test). The rural Nebraska summer camp subjected the children to many outdoor experiences, including experiences with animals, nature, and gardening. Data analysis comparing perception scores before and after the camp showed no significant differences in their perception of the environment. The research also found no correlations between the children’s environmental pollution knowledge and their perceptions. However, the children’s drawings reveal a base knowledge of environmental pollution issues and a basic understanding of potential solutions. Further investigation into children’s understanding of environmental pollution may reveal how the younger generation may engage with increasing environmental issues.