ReWilding Conversations Episode 10:
In this episode we’ll talk about what happens behind the scenes of a successful nature school, whether for young kids, teens or adults.
One of my goals with starting nature-mentor.com is to foster a worldwide commitment to backyard mentoring and nature connection.
Imagine if every neighbourhood had deeply aware naturalists actively sharing their love for nature with the local community!
That’s exactly the kind of grassroots movement that has the potential to completely transform how human beings treat the environment and each other.
The question is… Do you have a reliable process for inspiring, motivating and teaching about nature?
Whether you want to start a local nature school or tracking club… or simply being the fun aunt or uncle who introduces kids to birds & plants.
The best mentors always have invisible plans & schemes for awakening the naturalist intelligence of their students.
Today we’re talking about what happens behind the scenes of a successful nature connection mentoring experience. Enjoy!
Overview: How To Plan Nature Activities
1. Know Your Audience:
- Number of participants
- Will parents/teachers be present?
- Amount of time outdoors? Indoors?
- Gather contact info for future communications (newsletters, social media, ..)
- Do a pre-event assessment of participants expectations/requests
2. Choose an exciting topic:
- Animal tracking
- Bird language
- Nature ninja training/ jedi training
- Wild food harvest
- Ecology adventure
- Navigation excursion
3. Follow the Natural Learning Cycle:
- Gather Together (Before)
– Introduce the topic
– Share a relevant story
– Give the mission & prime awareness with questions
- Have Fun Adventures (During)
– Choose flexible activities to fill the time
– Start with the most focused-learning activities, then lead to more unstructured
- Gather Again To Share Stories (After)
– Harvest the stories with talking stick or popcorn style
– What were your favorite moments? What did you see, hear, feel? What did you learn? Next steps?
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