Research & Publications

Wisconsin State-Wide Environmental Education Survey

In the first quarter of 2019, researchers from Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center administered a survey to over 700 environmental education organizations around the state. By the end of the survey period, 193 people responded, providing valuable insight into the field’s progress and direction since the survey’s first iteration in 2014. The researchers found that environmental education employs over 3,000 people in the state and generates between $40 million and $72 million in direct economic activity annually. Respondents collectively manage approximately 165,500 acres of land. Check out the summaries from this survey and surveys from previous years below.


2020 UW-Madison Division of Extension Department of Youth Development: Please Mind the Gap: How Environmental Education Can Step Forward to Address the STEM Achievement Gap

2020 Connected Science Learning: Science to Story, Story to Social

2019 Research Accelerator: Milwaukee Environmental STEM (E-STEM) Project

2018 Clearing Magazine: Student Generated Data Informing Student-Generated Inquiries

2018 Journal of Experiential Education: Bridging Natural and Digital Domains

2018 Connected Science Learning: Digital Observation Technology Skills