Minimizing Nature Aversion among Elementary Students during Environmental Education Programs


  • Brian Orr
  • Glen Hvenegaard
  • Carolyn Cook


nature aversion, environmental education, program design, program delivery


Nature aversion, a negative human response toward nature, is a challenge for environmental educators seeking to connect students to nature. This field report examines nature aversion observations during elementary school field-trip programs to Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, in Alberta, Canada. Mitigation methods during program delivery included giving information, physically demonstrating safe nature interactions, challenging students, raising energy levels, providing safety reassurances and offering positive encouragement. Other factors affecting nature aversion through program design included appropriate preparation, hands-on experiences, group size, student expectations, inclement weather and adult supervision. This study can assist practitioners to develop their own responses to nature aversion among students