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The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian Nature-Based Programs in the Educational, Therapeutic, Training and Leisure Areas

Department of Education Sciences, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(12), 394; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120394
Received: 9 November 2020 / Revised: 5 December 2020 / Accepted: 15 December 2020 / Published: 21 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Outdoor Adventure Education: Trends and New Directions)
In these times of global crisis caused by COVID-19, there is an urgent need to address the topic of nature-based experiences in education: the pandemic has strongly highlighted both the interdependence between human beings and nature, and the need for mending the dichotomic vision that keeps them separate. Experiential education in natural contexts within an ecological framework might have a strategic role in this crucial period to develop anthropologic, civic, and dialogic conscience (Morin, 2001). Through this study, CEFEO Research Center had the objective of investigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on Italian nature-based programs in the educational, therapeutic, training, and leisure areas. From 28 May to 19 June 2020, an online questionnaire was distributed with the purpose of understanding the socio-economic impact of the pandemic on nature-based programs during the lockdown period and during the period of first reopening, and the related needs and new opportunities for the future. The results highlight a paradox: the COVID-19 crisis has caused more problems for a sector which was already suffering from a lack of funding and of social and institutional acknowledgment. Many agencies working in the field lost months of income and numerous working days, and they are uncertain about the future: they are having difficulties surviving in a moment when we need them more. View Full-Text
Keywords: nature-based programs; ecological framework; COVID-19 impact nature-based programs; ecological framework; COVID-19 impact
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Borelli, C.; Gigli, A.; Melotti, G. The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian Nature-Based Programs in the Educational, Therapeutic, Training and Leisure Areas. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 394. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120394

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Borelli C, Gigli A, Melotti G. The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian Nature-Based Programs in the Educational, Therapeutic, Training and Leisure Areas. Education Sciences. 2020; 10(12):394. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120394

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Borelli, Chiara, Alessandra Gigli, and Giannino Melotti. 2020. "The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Italian Nature-Based Programs in the Educational, Therapeutic, Training and Leisure Areas" Education Sciences 10, no. 12: 394. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10120394

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