Date of Award

Winter 12-18-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science - Resource Interpretation



First Advisor

Dr. Pat Stephens-Williams

Second Advisor

Dr. Shelby Gull Laird

Third Advisor

Dr. Ray Darville


The study examined the Nature Relatedness scores of people from rural, suburban, and urban populations to investigate differences among these populations. Survey participants also reported on whether or not they were currently raising children under the age of 18 in their home, how many outdoor activities they participated in as children and currently as adults, and their hours of screen time per day. These variables were examined to measure their impact on Nature Relatedness scores. Results showed significant differences in the Nature Relatedness scores of people from rural and urban, and urban and suburban populations. This study found that people who are currently raising children under the age of 18 had a lower Nature Relatedness score compared to people who are not raising children. People who participated in a high diversity of outdoor activities as children, and people who participated in more outdoor activities as adults, also showed a stronger connection to nature.

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