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Place Attachment and Environmentally
Responsible Behavior As A result of
Participation in BHIC Programs

Brooke Davis !
Co...
Background 
!   Place Attachment Theory (Vaske, et al.) !
!   Place Identity - the personal and collective
meanings that i...
How can we use place attachment?
!   Vaske, et al. surveyed participants in a junior ranger
program!
!   Place-based learn...
Hypothesis
Place !
Attachment!
+!
How many times has
respondent visited
Bald Head Island!
I hypothesized that the number o...
Hypothesis
Current
Environmental !
Behaviors!
Importance of !
Behaviors After !
Program Participation!
+ ∆ !
I hypothesize...
Methods

!   Distributed surveys at every program for one week!
!   Focused on the adult population (18 and up) !
!   Resp...
Place Attachment 
!  Place Identity !
!   I identify strongly with this place."
!   I think a lot about coming here."
!   ...
Results:
Level of Place Attachment Based On Number of Previous
Visits to Bald Head Island 
% Who
Responded
with
Agree or
S...
Results:
Current Environmental Behaviors vs. Importance of
Environmental Behaviors After Program
Environmental Behavior!
+...
What part of your experience during this
program had the most impact on your visit?
!   Nature is very fascinating! !
!   ...
Sources of Error & Areas for Improvement 
 
!   Sample Size !
!   Timing of survey distribution - some surveys filled out
i...
Discussion & Recommendations 
!   Based on participation in our programs, visitors believe
that volunteering with environm...
Questions??
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Place Attachment and Environmentally Responsible Behavior As A Result of Participation in BHIC Programs

  1. 1. Place Attachment and Environmentally Responsible Behavior As A result of Participation in BHIC Programs Brooke Davis ! Colorado State University! !
  2. 2. Background !   Place Attachment Theory (Vaske, et al.) ! !   Place Identity - the personal and collective meanings that intersect at a particular physical site ! !   Place Dependence - reflects the importance of a resource in providing amenities necessary for desired activities ! !   Place Attachment - arrises when settings (i.e. local parks) are imbued with meanings that create or enhance one s emotional tie to a natural resource !
  3. 3. How can we use place attachment? !   Vaske, et al. surveyed participants in a junior ranger program! !   Place-based learning - do students learn better when what they are learning can be tied to a specific location that is important to them? ! !   ...the association between a sense of place, how the self gets related to the environment, and sense making related to conservation-oriented advocacy. - Cantrill, et al. !
  4. 4. Hypothesis Place ! Attachment! +! How many times has respondent visited Bald Head Island! I hypothesized that the number of times a respondent has previously visited Bald Head Island would have a strong positive correlation with that individual s level of place attachment. !
  5. 5. Hypothesis Current Environmental ! Behaviors! Importance of ! Behaviors After ! Program Participation! + ∆ ! I hypothesized that, after completing a program with BHIC, respondents would rank the importance of environmentally responsible behaviors at the same level or higher than their current participation in those behaviors.!
  6. 6. Methods !   Distributed surveys at every program for one week! !   Focused on the adult population (18 and up) ! !   Respondents were genera!y surveyed after the program! !   n=80! !   General questions about visitors previous experiences on BHI ! !   8 questions measuring place attachment ! !   5 general environmental behaviors evaluated!
  7. 7. Place Attachment !  Place Identity ! !   I identify strongly with this place." !   I think a lot about coming here." !   I am very attached to this place." !   I feel like this place is a part of me." !  Place Dependence ! !   This place is the best for what I like to do. " !   I get more satisfaction out of visiting this place than any other." !   I would not substitute any other area for doing what I do here." !   No other place can compare to this area." www.bhic.org!
  8. 8. Results: Level of Place Attachment Based On Number of Previous Visits to Bald Head Island % Who Responded with Agree or Strongly Agree ! Place Attachment Variable! r=0.386**! r=0.361**! r=0.511**!r=0.442**!r=0.597**!r=0.602**!r=0.588**! r=0.427**! ** = Significant correlation! with number of previous visits !
  9. 9. Results: Current Environmental Behaviors vs. Importance of Environmental Behaviors After Program Environmental Behavior! +0.455! +0.892! +0.671! +1.400! +1.190!
  10. 10. What part of your experience during this program had the most impact on your visit? !   Nature is very fascinating! ! !   The interns were fantastic! ! !   The educational aspect was very important for our family. Kids respect nature more when they understand it better. ! !   The movie was interesting and made me want to help with conservation efforts. ! !   It was turtle-y awesome! ! www.bhic.org!
  11. 11. Sources of Error & Areas for Improvement !   Sample Size ! !   Timing of survey distribution - some surveys filled out in middle of program, some filled out after program! !   Some programs have more participants than others! !   with a larger sample size, may be worth looking at how individual programs influence environmental behaviors! !   respondents participating in multiple programs throughout the week!
  12. 12. Discussion & Recommendations !   Based on participation in our programs, visitors believe that volunteering with environmental organizations is important! !   Volunteer opportunities?! !   Provide resources for people to find out how to get involved with environmental organizations in their hometown! !   Survey youth who participate in summer camps! !   Survey BHI residents using place attachment theory! !   What influences the decision to purchase/build a house here?!
  13. 13. Questions??

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