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      Improving Wellbeing and Environmental Stewardship Through Volunteering in Nature.

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      EcoHealth

      Springer Nature America, Inc

      environmental, nature, volunteering, wellbeing

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          Environmental volunteering (EV) can provide a unique way to optimise the wellbeing of participants while fostering environmental stewardship. However, the potential of EV to create human health benefits remains an under-researched area. This study provides evidence for improved wellbeing and mood state for 32 participants from diverse backgrounds undertaking EV activities. Most participants also reported improved environmental stewardship with a greatly improved understanding of the environment and the need to conserve it. Other benefits included: 31% of those seeking work obtained it; and 50% joined a volunteer group at program completion. EV provides a unique mechanism to enhance the wellbeing of the participants, while conserving the environment.

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          Journal
          Ecohealth
          EcoHealth
          Springer Nature America, Inc
          1612-9210
          1612-9202
          Mar 2016
          : 13
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, 35 Dauncey Street, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA, 5223, Australia. robyn.molsher@sa.gov.au.
          [2 ] School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC, 3125, Australia.
          Article
          10.1007/s10393-015-1089-1
          10.1007/s10393-015-1089-1
          26678275

          nature, volunteering, wellbeing, environmental

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