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Interpreting the Pikes Peak landscape : toward sense of place and enhanced stewardship

by Taylor, Teresa Ann


Can environmental education and environmental interpretation inspire a sense of place through education and interpretation specifically designed to help one understand the Pikes Peak landscape? Can the concept of sense of provide a pathway to stewardship? I believe that the answer to both of these questions is yes. My project focuses on Barr Trail (BT), the most common route to the summit of Pikes Peak. I have produced an interpretive guide to BT that incorporates theories from sense of place studies, environmental education, and environmental interpretation as a means to create connection and enhance stewardship. Personal experience with trail users over an eight year period has lead me to theorize that stewardship arises from connection to place; that connection is built on understanding within one’s own framework of experience and mindset; and that understanding requires awareness. Engaging trail users in the landscape of Pikes Peak can help create awareness of the landscape and the interconnected systems of human and non-human nature that make it a specific place. Combining the concept of experiential learning from environmental education with interpretation of the landscape can help inspire a sense of place. Gaining a sense of place in the Pikes Peak landscape can lead to better stewardship of BT.


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Thesis capstone includes academic essay, map and an interpretive guide. Essay includes bibliographical references.

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Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Perramond, Eric
Southwest Studies
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Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued