A System dynamics model for wetland education and public outreach in an arid urban environment

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Conference Proceeding

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19th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society


System Dynamics Society


This poster describes the development and use of a system dynamics wetland model for education and public outreach in Las Vegas, Nevada. The objective of the project is to build public understanding of the value of wetlands in this arid urban environment and enlist critical public support for wetland protection. The model is being used at Las Vegas Wetlands Park Nature Center, a gateway for the public to newly created 2,400-acre wetland park. It is designed to address several challenges: low levels of public awareness about the existence and function of this wetland ecosystem and park, lack of understanding about the critical connection between urban development, wetland protection and involvement in outdoor activities. This interactive model was designed to engage learners through the use of technology and demonstrate the dynamic nature and feedback connections in the ecosystem. The poster presents the model and preliminary results of a study on public receptiveness to this educational approach.


Ecosystems – Study and teaching; Instructional systems; Nevada – Clark County Wetlands Park; Sustainable urban development – Study and teaching; System analysis; System theory; Wetlands – Study and teaching; Teaching


Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Environmental Sciences | Science and Mathematics Education | Water Resource Management




Conference held in Atlanta, GA from July 23- 27.


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