Novelty, Agency, Aesthetic Shifts, and Environmental Awakenings in Field Ecology

Aerin W. Benavides, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Heidi Carlone, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Catherine E. Matthews, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Lacey D. Huffling, Georgia Southern University

Abstract

Presentation co-presented by Georgia Southern faculty member Lacey D. Huffling with Aerin Benavides, Heidi Carlone, and Catherine Matthews at North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium, Madison, WI.

Program

In a summer Herpetological Research Experience (HRE) field ecology program for youth, novelty came first. Even for those more experienced in the outdoors, there was a novelty of place, and this gave way to agentic and aesthetic shifts. For many participants, it changed the way they related to the environment.