From our day camp to the programs we run at the senior center, we emphasize direct experiences in nature to help folks learn. We model the cycles found in the natural world to select the activities and events we share as well as to better understand where the group and each individual in the group are at as they move through the experience. The results are usually powerful nature connection experiences and a self motivated learner eager to want to know more.
Using the compass rose, we normally start in the “East” with activities designed to inspire and get folks excited. If the group is young and full of energy, they already bring the “east” energy. This archetype normally involves high energy games and is tempered wit the knowledge of hazards to keep things from going too crazy or becoming unsafe. We use story, context, and what the landscape has to offer to tie the high energy experience into increased nature literacy. Our next post will detail the natural flow of programming based on these eight directions with a journey into the South East with peer mentoring.