Nicole Ardoin recognized for environmental education contributions

Nicole Ardoin
Nicole Ardoin

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)—a network of more than 20,000 educators, researchers and organizational members in more than 30 countries—has recognized NICOLE ARDOIN, associate professor at the Graduate School of Education, with one of its highest honors for her outstanding contributions to research.

Ardoin, who is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, has worked for more than two decades to explore the role of education in informal settings as it relates to attitudes, values, knowledge and longer-term practices of sustainability and natural resource conservation. In this work, she has collaborated with parks, museums, aquariums, nature-based tourism programs and philanthropic foundations, among other community-based organizations.

Ardoin’s research emphasizes the importance of learning experiences that are social, place-based, immersive, connected to the natural world and relevant to everyday life for facilitating conservation and sustainability-related outcomes. Among her current projects, Ardoin is collaborating with NatureBridge, a provider of residential environmental learning in national parks, to explore socio-emotional learning in outdoor education programs. This work builds on a six-year partnership during which Ardoin and her team have pursued new approaches to research and evaluation in NatureBridge’s Yosemite and Golden Gate Park settings. Additionally, Ardoin is the social science lead on a National Science Foundation-supported interdisciplinary research study that considers the social and ecological effects of declining fog cover on California’s coastal redwoods.

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