Evaluating Environmental Education Programs Using a Qualitative GIS Approach


  • Corey J. Martz
  • Rebecca L. Powell
  • Bryan Wee
  • Angela Myers


environmental education, program evaluation, program outcomes, qualitative GIS, story maps


Environmental education (EE) programs commonly emphasize experiencing the place(s) where a program is located. Yet, program evaluations seldom map locations where participants demonstrate outcomes, whether during or after program experiences. To explore the value of including location in program assessment, we pilot a qualitative, map-based analysis to complement current evaluation efforts of an organization providing EE programs aimed at improving access to nature in suburban Lafayette, Colorado. Our preliminary findings suggest that youth participants with more exposure to programming demonstrated more prominent nature connection and health and wellness outcomes, especially in locations near Lafayette, illustrating how consideration of outcome locations adds nuance to EE program evaluation.