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Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Masters Field Project

Department or Program Affiliation

Huxley College

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Stanger, Nicholas

Second Advisor

Myers, Gene (O. Gene)

Third Advisor

Barbari, Ileana


This project was completed as part of Western Washington University's graduate requirements, and has been presented in a website format. The project centered around the creation and revision of a nature-based preschool curriculum. This curriculum is integral to the school programming at St. Luke’s Lutheran Preschool in Central Florida, where the project was completed. During this project, I evaluated the curriculum already in place and worked with the school’s administration to outline changes that were to be made. These changes mirrored the school’s need and desire for a curriculum that reflected our ever-changing cultural and natural world. Lessons that may have once been included in the curriculum, such as an activity that positively framed fish farming practices, were reconsidered and revised. Other lessons, such as those on recycling, were critically revised to reflect how these processes, while still important, have changed drastically over the course of the last 7 years. These changes to the curriculum were made in order to uphold the school’s vision of nature-based, environmentally focused curriculum, while also reflecting some of the shifts and changes within the environmental field since the curriculum’s initial creation. This project, while “finished” in the boundaries of this academic program, is ongoing work and will be revisited by St. Luke’s Lutheran Preschool when necessary.




environmental education, early childhood education, preschool, outdoor classroom, curriculum, central Florida, nature


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Environmental education--Activity programs--Florida--Oviedo; Preschool children--Environmental aspects--Florida--Oviedo; Outdoor education--Florida--Oviedo; Curriculum planning--Florida--Oviedo

Geographic Coverage

Oviedo (Fla.)




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