Aimee M. Roy

Date of Defense

Spring 4-14-1999

First Advisor

Linda Powell, Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Second Advisor

Michael Swords, Environmental Studies

Third Advisor

Steve Youngblood, Kalamazoo Recreation, Leisure and Cultural Services


Outward Bound, National Outdoor Leadership School, National Park Service, Wilderness Inquiry, stereotypes


The author's research on outdoor education for people with disabilities originates from a strong personal interest in the impact such programs have on participants. Inclusive outdoor education programs are an excellent way to increase individual familiarity and comfort with the natural world and to develop and/or increase technical outdoor skills. In addition, and most importantly, inclusive outdoor education provides opportunities for the social integration of people with and without disabilities. Furthermore, such programs encourage participants to act as stewards of the Earth, helping to maintain and preserve the natural world.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only