Portrait of Joshua Hunter

Joshua Hunter

BA History; MPA Environmental Studies; PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Education, Health & Behavior
    • Anthropology, Ethnography, Outdoor and Environmental Education, Outdoor Leadership,

Contact Info

Office Address

Education Building Room 372
231 Centennial Dr Stop 7189
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Joshua Hunter has worked in the field of outdoor and environmental education for over twenty years, across multiple educational settings, both formal and nonformal, and with diverse populations and multigenerational groups. Dr. Hunter has taught environmental education in pre K-12 schools tailoring lessons to state standards, worked as a park interpretive naturalist, led wilderness experiences for young adults as a wilderness guide, and has taught university courses on ecological literacy and conservation biology. Dr. Hunter spent several years in Cleveland developing and building learning gardens and outdoor natural areas for elementary schools to foster outdoor experiences for children. Dr. Hunter’s work at the University of North Dakota includes teaching graduate level courses in Ecological Foundations of Education and undergraduate classes in outdoor learning. Dr. Hunter’s research concerns outdoor experiences and play for children, wilderness experiences for young adults in remote, wilderness settings, and he continues to work with regional nonprofit organizations dedicated to outdoor education for children and adults and conservation oriented projects.

Historical Foundations of Education

Anthropological Foundations of Education

Ecological Foundations of Education

Qualitative Research Methods

Outdoor, Environmental, and Expeditionary Education

Wilderness Experiences

Natural History Intepretation

Sense of Place



Selected Publications:

Felege, C., Hunter, C., Hunter, J.E., Felege, S. (2018). Pedagogy and practice in STEM field experiences: Intersections of student and mentor identity and impacts upon student outcomes. Journal of Education for Teaching44(4)DOI: 10.1080/02607476.1450818

Hunter, J.E., Graves, C.& Bodensteiner, A. (2017). Adult Perspectives on Structured vs. Unstructured Play in Early Childhood Environmental Education.  International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education. 5(1), 89-92.

Hunter, J. E. (2016). Naturalists and meaning making: An ethnographic report from the field. Journal of Interpretation Research, 21(1).

Hunter, J. E. (2015) Intersubjective sensibilities: memory, experience, and meaning in natural history interpretation. The Qualitative Report, 20(7), 1046-1061.

Hunter, J. E. (2014). A walk in the woods: Re-membering a place to teach preservation. Ethnography and Education. 10(2), 154-169.

Hunter, J.E. (2012). Towards a cultural analysis: The need for ethnography in interpretation research. Journal of Interpretation Research. 17(2), 47-58.

Selected Presentations:

2018    Graves, C., Syversen, K., Hunter, J.E. Engagement and risk: A study of one Outdoor classroom and early childhood experiences learning in nature. Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas, NV. February 25-28, 2018.

2018    de Silva, R., Hunter, J.E. How narrative research resounds with Native and Indigenous ways of knowing to de-colonize education. Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas, NV. February 25-28, 2018.

2017    Butz, N. T., & Hunter, J. E. Microhistories, knowledge acquisition, and experience upon the ice: Lessons from polar expeditions for outdoor education. Paper presented at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Annual Teaching Conference, Stevens Point, WI. January 18, 2017.

2017    Hunter, J.E. Interpretation in the Heart of the Wilderness: Ethnographic research and wilderness education on Isle Royale National Park. National Association for Interpretation, International Conference, Los Cabos, Mexico. March 17-23, 2017.

2015    Hunter, J.E. Intersubjective sensibilities: Memory, experience, and meaning in natural history interpretation. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. November 19-22.