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Abstract

Because the world is faced with an abundance of environmental problems, environmental education is essential in creating citizens that can solve them. Many studies show that when people are educated about the environment, they become environmental stewards. This paper investigates an experience and place-based environmental education program for high school students by the James River Association, a non-governmental organization in Richmond, Virginia. The study aims to identify whether or not the program meets the goals of environmental education, as well as its own goals. Fifty-four past program participants responded to an internet survey. Descriptive statistics and analysis of qualitative data were used to conclude that the program was successful in meeting its own goals and the goals of environmental education. This study shows the powerful impact of non-formal and multidisciplinary environmental education programs and can serve as an example for similar initiatives both locally and globally.

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