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Open-File Report 2011-1025

A Survey of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Employees Regarding Constraints to Connecting Children with Nature—Summary Report to Respondents

By Joan M. Ratz and Rudy M. Schuster

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This report provides a summary of responses to the questions included on a survey of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees regarding constraints to connecting children with nature. The survey was sponsored by the Division of Education Outreach at the National Conservation Training Center and conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey. The data collection process started on February 25, 2010 and ended on March 9, 2010. The dataset includes the responses from 320 individuals from all regions in the Service. The adjusted response rate for the survey was 55 percent. In this report, we provide the summary results for the survey questions in the order in which the questions were asked. The questions addressed the following topics: relevance of certain outcomes to the aspect of the Service’s mission that relates to connecting people with nature, perceived success at connecting children with nature, the extent to which ten constraints present problems in connecting children with nature, and attitudes about the importance of connecting children with nature. The text of comments provided by respondents to open-ended questions is provided. In-depth analyses will be reported in the completion report for this project.

First posted February 16, 2011

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Suggested citation:

Ratz, J.M., and Schuster, R.M., 2011, A survey of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees regarding constraints to connecting children with nature—Summary report to respondents: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1025, 40 p.



Contents

Executive Summary

Purpose of this Report

Purpose of the Survey

Conducting the Survey

Results

Response Rate

Question Summaries

Introductory Questions

Questions Regarding Definition of Connection

Questions Regarding Success with Outreach Efforts

Questions Regarding Barriers to Connecting Children with Nature

Questions Regarding Attitudes about Connecting Children with Nature

Demographic Questions

General Comments

Summary

Introductory Questions

Questions Regarding Definition of Connection

Questions Regarding Success with Outreach Efforts

Questions Regarding Barriers to Connecting Children with Nature

Questions Regarding Attitudes about Connecting Children with Nature

Demographic Questions

Completion Report

Acknowledgments

Reference Cited

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