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Discover Mojave Outdoor World is a hands-on outdoor recreation program for urban, economically disadvantaged youth. In Year One of the program, knowledge, attitude, and performance assessments were developed to document the effectiveness of program events over the duration of the program. Year One findings revealed that knowledge, attitudes, and performance increased substantially as a result of participating in the outdoor recreation events. The assessment plan was modified in Year Two by creating assessments for teachers and parents, as well as a developing a structured interview protocol. Changes were made to existing assessments and two new assessment tools were implemented. Findings from Year Two’s assessment plan again demonstrated the effectiveness of Discover Mojave Outdoor World in that participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and performance increased over the course of program events. Additionally, results demonstrated that teachers and parents had very favorable attitudes towards the program.


Adventure education; Curriculum evaluation; Curriculum planning; Environmental sciences – Study and teaching (Elementary); Nevada – Las Vegas; Outdoor education; Outdoor recreation– Study and teaching (Elementary); Urban youth


Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Environmental Sciences | Science and Mathematics Education