The Nature of Americans
A national study
to understand and connect Americans and nature
and many other partners
Sponsored by Yale University,
The Walt Disney Company


Nature of Americans Research Partners

The Study

Americans' connections to nature and wildlife have shifted profoundly over the last generation. American children currently devote 52 hours each week to electronic media, while spending less than 40 minutes outside. Yet new theory and evidence indicate that human physical and mental health depend on beneficial contact with nature. Rather than being a mere recreational amenity, connection with nature is a biological and cultural necessity.

The initiative comprises a series of investigations that explore the role and impact of the natural environment in contemporary American society, and its distribution across age, race and class sectors. The studies will include:

  • An examination of adult Americans’ values and perceptions of nature and wildlife
  • Children’s relationship to nature
  • The relationship of contact with nature on health and quality of life
  • Racial and ethnic variations in attitudes and behaviors toward nature
  • Historical trends in American relationships to the natural environment

Explore Results

Investigations are underway. Results will be available in 2016.

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The principal Investigators of Nature of Americans research are Dr. Stephen R. Kellert and David J. Case.

Dr. Kellert is Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a leader and pioneer in the theory and science of human relationships to nature and wildlife. Dave Case is the founder of DJ Case and Associates, and a leading practitioner in the field of human dimensions of wildlife and natural resource management.

Dr. Stephen Kellert

Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar

Yale University

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

57 Edgehill Road


New Haven, CT 06511

David J. Case


DJ Case and Associates

317 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Mishawaka, IN 46545