A research article written by Riikka Puhakka has been published in Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. This mixed methods study examined how participation in an outdoor education course, including canoeing and hiking trips, affected participants’ perceived well-being and connection with nature. The study was based on survey and interview data collected from Finnish vocational students (N = 16) in 2020. The results showed that the outdoor adventures had positive impacts on participants’ mood, restoration, and life satisfaction. Participants highlighted the benefits on social relationships and group cohesion. The trips increased participants’ nature-related curiosity and motivation to engage with nature. Providing opportunities for contact with nature as part of the school curriculum in vocational training as well as in other studies might provide an effective means of promoting well-being and connection with nature in emerging adults.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning: Effects of outdoor adventures on emerging adults’ well-being and connection with nature