Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2006

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Animal Ecology

First Advisor

James L. Pease

Abstract

Adult natural resource education programs exist nationwide, in an effort to provide volunteers with the basic skills they need to participate in natural resource outreach. Natural resource professionals expressed some concern about the potential use of trained volunteers in natural resource programming. To evaluate these concerns and provide a more thorough understanding of volunteer activities, a nationwide assessment of state level adult natural resource education programs was conducted. Program managers were asked their opinions regarding the issue of volunteers replacing paid professional staff and the roles of volunteers used in programming.;Results showed that there is very little concern, nationwide, regarding the replacement of paid professional staff with trained unpaid volunteer staff. The assessment found that the volunteers trained by these programs are participating mostly in outreach and educational programming. Awareness of the roles volunteers are playing in outreach provides potential for long-term evaluation of volunteer impacts in education.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-12039

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Annabel Lee Major

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1439892

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

60 pages

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