Psychological benefits of volunteering in stewardship programs

Kaplan, R.E., R. & R. L. Ryan, 2000, Psychological benefits of volunteering in stewardship programs, in: Gobster, P.H. & R. B. Hull, ‘Restoring nature’, Island Press, Washington

  • Author : Kaplan, R.E., R. & R. L. Ryan
  • Year : 2000
  • Published in Book : Restoring nature
  • Pages : 205-265
  • Abstract in English : This study is an initial investigation into the types of benefits volunteers derive from participating in ecological stewardship projects. Finding several discrete themes, including social dimensions educational interests, feeling about the land, spiritual dimension have been expected. In addition, the authors wanted to explore whether volunteering and recreation activities fulfil similar patterns of needs, because both claim people’s precious discretionary hours. The results strongly suggest that programs should seriously considers how volunteers work is described and how these efforts are organised to provide volunteers with the kinds of benefits they say are important. Volunteers seem highly motivated by a desire to help the environment ant to learn new things in the course of their volunteer activities. They also may benefit from opportunities to reflect and seek spiritual fulfilment as well as develop friendships and social networks. Programs that pay attention to these considerations fare better in attracting and retaining volunteered, issues that are critical to the long-term success of any ecological restoration effort.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: urban forestry, nature conservation, volunteers.