Virginia I. Lohr and Caroline H. Pearson-Mims 
Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture 
Washington State University 

A Multicultural Survey of the Influence of Childhood Environmental  Experiences on Adult Sensitivities to Urban and Community Forests

Project Investigators:

Virginia I. Lohr - Professor, Dept. of Hort. and Land. Arch. , Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, WA 99164-6414; E-mail: lohr@wsu.edu 

Caroline H. Pearson-Mims - Research Technologist III, Dept. of Hort. and Land. Arch., WSU, Pullman, WA 99164-6414. E-mail: pearson@wsu.edu 

John Tarnai - Director, Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC ), WSU, Pullman, WA 99164-4014

Don Dillman - Deputy Director for Research and Development, SESRC, WSU, Pullman, WA 99164-4014

 
Original Project Overview Final Report to NUCFAC
December 2000:


Publications:
  • Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims. 2005. Children's active and passive interactions with plants and gardening influence their attitudes and actions towards trees and the environment as adults. HortTechnology, Special Issue on Youth and Gardening 15:472-476.
  • Lohr, V.I. 2004. Effect of childhood experiences with nature, including planting trees, on adult understanding of trees in cities. Proc. of Intl. Conf. on Urban Hort. Acta Horticulturae 643:183-187.
  • Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims. 2004. The relative influence of childhood activities and demographics on adult appreciation for the role of trees in human well-being. Proc. XXVI International Hort. Congress. Acta Horticulturae 639:253-259.
  • Lohr, V.I., C.H. Pearson-Mims, J. Tarnai, and D.A. Dillman.  2004.  How urban residents rate and rank the benefits and problems associated with trees in cities.  Journal of Arboriculture 30(1):28-35. 
  • Lohr, V.I. and C.H. Pearson-Mims.  2002.  Childhood contact with nature influences adult attitudes and actions toward trees and gardening.  In:  C.A. Shoemaker (Ed.).  Interaction by design:  Bringing people and plants together for health and well-being:  An international symposium, p. 267-277.  Iowa State Press, Ames, Iowa.


 
Graphic image of slides Presentations of selected results:
1. Childhood environmental experiences and adult sensitivities to urban forests - Slides presented at the International People-Plant Council Meeting in July 2000
2. The relative influence of childhood activities and demographics on adult appreciation for the role of trees in human well-being - Poster content presented at the International Horticultural Congress in August 2002
3. Effect of childhood experiences with nature on adult understanding of trees in cities - Slides presented at the International Conference on Urban Horticulture in Switzerland, September 2002

We wish to express our appreciation to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council , which funded this research through the Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. 

 


Virginia Lohr (E-mail: lohr@wsu.edu
Caroline H. Pearson-Mims (E-mail: pearson@wsu.edu )
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington 99164-6414 U.S.A.
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