How to Share Nature with your Child
“A magical tool to awaken children to the delights of nature.” —The National Trust, England
You can create joyful nature experiences and heartfelt memories for you and your child. Learn simple, highly effective methods that have been used around the world for over 30 years.
Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or rural area, you will acquire the skills and confidence to share nature with your child in fun and engaging ways.
Suggested age range: While children and adults of all ages enjoy the Sharing Nature® activities, this course is designed for parents/educators and their children ages 4 and up.
In this course you will:
- Experience nature through 12 prize-winning games that uplift the mind and touch the heart
- Learn how to enrich your child’s natural curiosity, empathy, and other important human qualities
- Discover ways to foster greater respect for the earth
The games and methods featured in this course are from Joseph Cornell’s prize-winning book,Sharing Nature®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Cornell is one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and have been used by millions of parents, educators, and outdoor leaders. He is the honorary president of Sharing Nature Association of Japan, which has trained 40,000 leaders.
This course is for thoughtful parents and educators who want their children to learn directly from life itself through personal contact with nature. As you and your child experience nature’s joy and aliveness together, you’ll grow closer to nature and to one another.
Contents and Overview
This course includes 27 instructional videos, 12 nature activities, “Action Items”, supplemental handouts, and quizzes. You will also receive the full E-book of Sharing Nature®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Through clear, step-by-step guidance and explanatory stories, you will learn everything you need to stay safe and to begin to Share Nature with your child.
Each instructional video features an activity or nature awareness principle to enrich you and your child’s experience of the outdoors. An “Action Item” and short quiz is also added to enhance your understanding of the content. The activities and the video voiceover script are excerpted from Sharing Nature®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages.
Parents all over the world have used these nature activities with great delight and effectiveness. Because they are easy to use and require little to no materials, your full attention can be focused on your child’s experience of nature.
After completing this course, you will have the confidence and skills to take your child outside and share with them the joy of nature.
You are Part of a Worldwide Movement
This lecture explains how we would recommend you take this course.
Sharing Nature has been used around the world for over 35 years. In this lecture you will learn the ways in which it has grown and how people have creatively used its methods.
This lecture explains why nature activities are effective for developing a closer connection with nature.
How to Share Nature effectively
Keeping Safe and What You'll Need
Safety should always be your number one priority when going outside. In this lecture we give some ways that you and your child can keep safe while outdoors.
Keep your child and yourself safe outdoors
We share with you all of the materials you will need to play the activities in this course.
Adventure Backpack: What you'll need
Foster a Sense of Wonder
In this lecture we share the importance of providing captivating experiences with your child. It is when they are totally focused and absorbed that they can receive the most from nature.
Play is an incredible ally for educators who want their students to feel they are a part of nature. Young children know how to play, but as they get older their natural sense of wonder and joy for learning becomes lost. Through moments of profound play we can help children have thrilling experiences of the natural world.
Sharing captivating nature experienes with your children
Sound Map is a wonderful activity for listening to the various nature sounds all around you.
In Micro Hike you explore with your child the tiny world on the surface of the soil.
Listening to Nature . . . and to your Child
Receptivity is one of the most important qualities to have as we share nature with our child.
Be receptive and aware
Sounds is a very simple activity you can do with your child even if you are inside with your window open.
I can See helps children and adults become more mindfully immersed in their natural surroundings.
I can See
A Sense of Joy Should Permeate the Experience
Play is more important than you might think...
The benefits of absorbing play and calm observation
This lecture shares important tips that you should consider before dong any sort of blindfold activities with your child.
Tips for blindfold activities
In this activity children are taken on a sensory walk with blindfolds on.
Camera is one of the most powerful and loved of the Sharing Nature activities.
Make the Most of Your Time Together
In this lecture we share 5 easy steps for planning your nature session.
How to plan your nature session
A Sample Nature Awareness Session
Sequencing your nature activities in a purposeful way allows you to get the most out of your nature session with your child.
The value of sequencing nature activities
Noses is a guessing game where players learn interesting facts about animals.
Camouflage Trail is a wonderful activity for increasing children's observational skills while spotting hard to see, hidden objects
"There is a tree that has been waiting to meet you since before you were born."
Meet a Tree
The Birds of the Air is a beautiful song and a wonderful way to end your nature session.
The Birds of the Air
Create a Sense of Belonging
Caring for the earth naturally develops in hearts that have been touched by nature's beauty.
Caring for the earth
Journey to the Heart of Nature gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a particular
natural spot–to listen to the land and enter fully into the lives of its inhabitants.
Journey to the Heart of Nature
How to Foster in your Child a Love for Nature
It is important that we exemplify the qualities we want our children to develop.
Your example is contagious
In this activity players walk in silence as they share nature's wonders.
Silent Sharing Walk