How to take yourself on a Nature Observation Walk
Learning how to observe children in their natural environments is a major topic in many teacher trainings. Teachers are taught how to document children’s behavior and observe their developmental milestones. Threading children’s likes and dislikes and weaving appropriate curriculum can become an artistic adventure or an exhausting test in documentation. I often wonder, what if we took these same observation skills and observed Nature instead? What would we find? How would this simple practice change the way the teach both indoors and out?
What is a Nature Observation Walk? These walks are are a time to give thanks and simply reconnect with nature. Your Nature Observation Walks are the building blocks for your Teaching Outdoors practice. This practice needs cultivating and self care-just like any other practice. How can our own Nature Observation “Solo” Walks influence our walks outdoors with children? Think for a moment, what would happen if you, as a Natural Teacher, took yourself for a solo Nature Observation walk everyday?
RECIPE FOR “SOLO” NATURE OBSERVATION WALK
- TIME: Carve out 20 minutes in your day
- DESTINATION: Choose a special place to walk in Nature
- PAUSE: Observe, listen, breath
- EXPLORE: Pick up natural items that invite wonder
- REFLECT: How does your mind & body feel?
Your Solo Nature Observation Walk can be:
- Spontaneous & Impromptu
- On your own or with others
- Long or short
Here are some fun things to do along the way:
- Listen to the BIRDS All About Birds
- Learn the bird calls
- See how many you identify on each walk
- Collect a few ROCKS
- Stack the rock and create a rock sculpture
- Take a picture and see if it changes the next time you visit
Now it is time to hear from you. Share your Nature Outdoor “Solo” Walk. What did you see, hear, smell, touch? Leave a comment below.