Teachers will enjoy using Joseph Cornell's Sharing Nature: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages as a guide to teaching about nature outdoors. The book is engagingly written, beautifully-designed, and small enough to fit into a backpack.
"TO CREATE A SOCIETY THAT TRULY LOVES AND REVERES THE NATURAL WORLD, WE MUST OFFER ITS CITIZENS LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES IN NATURE." — JOSEPH BHARAT CORNELL
Cornell advocates the "Flow Learning™ sequence." He discusses Flow Learning in the video above. Stage one involves activities that awaken enthusiasm, with the goal of fostering playfulness and alertness. Stage two involves activities that focus attention. Receptivity is the goal of these activities. Stage three offers direct experience to participants, with activities that promote communing with nature. And, in stage four, participants share inspiration by engaging in activities that promote idealism. Cornell provides the age level for each of his activities. The “Sound Map” activity, for instance, helps to focus the attention of children (and adults) ages 5 and older.
Sharing Nature® Worldwide. "Flow Learning." Online video clip. Sharing Nature® Worldwide. Sharing Nature® Worldwide, 2015. Web. 22 Feb. 2016. Used with permission of Sharing Nature® Worldwide.
This collection of resources provides inspiration and strategies for teachers to support outdoor learning opportunities.