Sense of Place & Environmental Education

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In this course, you will explore the concept of sense of place and how it can be used to understand the relationship between human beings and our natural environments. You will also discuss environmental education and its importance in human health outcomes.





Welcome to Sense of Place, Environmental Education, and Health. This course will familiarize you with the concept of sense of place and its relationship to the stewardship of our natural environment. It also studies the role of environmental education in the preservation of natural spaces. Visitor stewardship of natural (and cultural) resources is a common goal of park and recreation agencies and can have positive impacts on individual and public health.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced to allow you greater flexibility. You are free to move at your own speed, and you decide the order and progression in which you move through the course. You can also revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Engaging Video
  • Supplemental resources
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Culture and the Natural Environment
  • Sense of Place and Environmental Education

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between culture and natural environments.
  • Define sense of place.
  • Describe the role environmental education plays in developing sense of place and fostering environmental stewardship.
  • Explain how stewardship of natural resources affects human health.

Recommended Background

Sense of Place & Environmental Education is geared towards park and recreation professionals and students in park, recreation, public health, and related disciplines. No prior knowledge is required to take this course. This course is recommended to be completed sixth in the Human Health and Natural Environments series.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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