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Nurturing Affinity to Nature through Outdoor Learning

Seminar 12 June 2019 

in the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Espoo

A girl sits under a Scotch pine. Photo: Tiina Parviainen

Early childhood educator, teacher or environmental educator! Come and learn on outdoor education and to hear experiences from the rest of Europe.

This seminar is part of the Erasmus+ project NANOL. The Nurturing Affinity to Nature through Outdoor Learning in Special Places (NANOL) project seeks to expand learning outside the school through supporting primary school teachers in creating learning experiences that are linked to the curriculum and to local natural contexts.

The seminar participation is free of charge. The seminar is organised by the NANOL-project, The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, SYKLI Environmental School of Finland and Ulko-opet ry (The Finnish Association for Outdoor Teachers).

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Program

9-9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcoming words

  • Director of the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Tom Selänniemi

9.40 Lecture: GETTING NATURALLY CONNECTED - Nurturing children’s affinity to Nature

The presentation will showcase research that has studied how children and young people can be better connected to nature. 

  • Natural Connections - a three-year project to embed curriculum outdoor learning in schools
  • The Exmoor Curriculum and Mosaic - research on a National Park’s educational offer
  • PhenoloGIT – a project using Digital Mobile Devices to collect local data on wildlife, and connecting and sharing across Europe

Alun Morgan is Lecturer in Education at the University of Plymouth. His work focuses on Environmental Education, Education for Sustainability and Outdoor Learning.
Sue Waite is a visiting specialist in Outdoor Learning at the University of Plymouth and Visiting associate Professor at Jönköping University, Sweden with a long history of research in this field.

10.30 Workshops, part 1

1. Survivors of our rivers

  • Target group: All educators
  • Learning outcomes: Learn to create tools which bring people closer to ecosystems. Get to know two native species in the rivers of the Pyrenees. Get a teamwork experience by playing “Mesca’n’Rol”.
  • Workshop leader: CEA Alt Ter, Xavier Bachero and Àngels Gardella (Catalonia)

2. Teaching outdoors at school: different subjects and methods

  • Target group: Teachers, environmental educators, everybody interested in teaching outdoors.
  • Learning outcomes: How you can teach not just biology or physical education (PE) outdoors, but also mathematics, languages, art, music and other subjects as well. Learning different school subjects outdoors by functional and playful methods. Nature relationship and motion are important, too.
  • Workshop leader: Ulko-opet ry (Outdoor educators), Ulla Myllyniemi

3. Well-being, delight of movement and joy of learning in the outdoor classroom!

Teachers planning a route with a map. Photo: Ulla Myllyniemi

  • Target group: All educators
  • Learning outcomes: Nature offers children, youth and their educators with diverse possibilities to enhance well-being and strengthening their relationship to nature as part of everyday life. The well-being in an outdoor classroom -training offers functional tips to take advantage of the outdoor classroom as a source of physical activity and nature experiences as well as places for learning.
  • Workshop leader: The Environmental School of Finland SYKLI, Virpi Jussila

4. The outdoor classroom inspires and encourages

  • Target group: Primary school teachers
  • Learning outcomes: The popularity of learning outdoors continues to rise. The outdoor classroom can be either a close by natural environment of the school or a yard that is used for educational purposes. In this workshop you will learn to use the Hop into the Outdoor Classroom (Available only in Finnish: Loikkaa ulkoluokkaan) -publication and its materials as well as games you can play with our species cards. You will learn by doing and experiencing things outdoors.
  • Workshop leader: The Environmental School of Finland SYKLI, Aulikki Laine

5. My Forest - Student-centered approaches to forest outdoor education

  • Target group: Teachers of primary and secondary school
  • Learning outcomes: In the workshop we will experiment on various methods of collaborative learning during a hike to the forest. The starting point to the methods used are children’s own interests on what to learn in and from the forest. We build on multidisciplinary learning and you will learn how to plan an educational forest hike that is interesting for both the children, youth and teachers.
  • Workshop leader: The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Anna Haukka

12 Lunch at Restaurant Haltia (price 14-17 euros, own cost)

13 Guided tours in Haltia exhibitions and nature trails

1. Wildlife architecture (inside Haltia)

Ohto the Great Bear. Photo: Alina Tuomisto

  • Target group: 3rd-4th graders (9-10 years old)
  • What can one find inside endless tunnels of an ants' nest? Which animal has arranged air conditioning into their nest? This guided tour full of action will inspire into the world of architecture through the brilliant architectonic solutions that different animal species have invented.

2. Ohto, Son of the Great Bear (inside Haltia)

  • Target group: 5-6 years old
  • Ohto has gotten lost from his mother and is now asking children to help him find her. Ohto’s story will lead you into Haltia’s main exhibition and amidst a wonderful adventure. The guided tour follows a scripted story and is full of action.

3. Looking for the human nature (inside Haltia)

  • Target group: adults
  • Join this tour to discuss and examine different views about human beings and nature. This inspiring tour will challenge you to seek answers to the question on where is the boundary between human and nature. The question will be approached through various angles.

4. Art in nature (outdoors)

  • Target group: 5-6 years old
  • The children get to explore Haltia's nearby nature with a guide through playing games and trying out active art methods. The aim is to enjoy the nature together and look for interesting details.

5. Explore the forest (outdoors)

  • Target group: 5th-9th graders (11-15 years old)
  • You will learn about the biodiversity of the forest by hiking along the circular trail Päivättärenpolku (1,4 kilometers). In this active guided tour, we will explore the nature and ponder over the significance of forest to us humans.

14 Workshops, part 2

1. TREES

Children counting annual rings of a Norway spruce. Photo: Elina Pilke

  • Target group: teachers of kindergarten and first classes of primary school 
  • Learning outcomes: Get to know Joseph Cornell´s Flow Learning method and learn examples how to nourish and promote child´s
    • own response to the outside world
    • discovering and understanding cyclical phenomena in nature
    • using and developing of physical skills, coordination and balance
    • learning that life of living beings depends on other beings and inanimate nature
    • developing empathy towards the trees and their lives
  • Workshop leader: CŠOD (Centre for School and Outdoor Education), Dejan Putrle (Slovenia)

2. Teaching outdoors at school: different subjects and methods

  • Target group: Teachers, environmental educators, everybody interested in teaching outdoors.
  • Learning outcomes: How you can teach not just biology or physical education (PE) outdoors, but also mathematics, languages, art, music and other subjects as well. Learning different school subjects outdoors by functional and playful methods. Nature relationship and motion are important, too.
  • Workshop leader: Ulko-opet ry (Outdoor educators), Ulla Myllyniemi

3. Well-being, delight of movement and joy of learning in the outdoor classroom!

  • Target group: All educators
  • Learning outcomes: Nature offers children, youth and their educators with diverse possibilities to enhance well-being and strengthening their relationship to nature as part of everyday life. The well-being in an outdoor classroom -training offers functional tips to take advantage of the outdoor classroom as a source of physical activity and nature experiences as well as places for learning.
  • Workshop leader: The Environmental School of Finland SYKLI, Virpi Jussila

4. The outdoor classroom inspires and encourages

  • Target group: Primary school teachers
  • Learning outcomes: The popularity of learning outdoors continues to rise. The outdoor classroom can be either a close by natural environment of the school or a yard that is used for educational purposes. In this workshop you will learn to use the Hop into the Outdoor Classroom (Available only in Finnish: Loikkaa ulkoluokkaan) -publication and its materials as well as games you can play with our species cards. You will learn by doing and experiencing things outdoors.
  • Workshop leader: The Environmental School of Finland SYKLI, Aulikki Laine

5. My Forest - Student-centered approaches to forest outdoor education

  • Target group: Teachers of primary and secondary school
  • Learning outcomes: In the workshop we will experiment on various methods of collaborative learning during a hike to the forest. The starting point to the methods used are children’s own interests on what to learn in and from the forest. We build on multidisciplinary learning and you will learn how to plan an educational forest hike that is interesting for both the children, youth and teachers.
  • Workshop leader: The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Anna Haukka


15.30 Wrap up, evaluations and coffee
Teachers in the front of Lappish hut. Photo: Ulla Myllyniemi

16 Seminar ends

 

16-17 Independent program

  • Haltia’s exhibitions are open until 18 o’clock.
  • Haltia’s nearby nature has wonderful trails for you to hike, they vary in lengths of 200 m to 2 km.

17-21 Social evening of environmental educators

  • Pedagogical outdoor games
  • A soup dinner outdoors (14 euros, to be payed by everyone individually)
  • Free hang-out in the outdoor hut of Haltia by the fireplace
  • A possibility to swim in the lake and to go to sauna (5 euros sauna ticket, to be payed by everyone individually)

 Photos: Ulla Myllyniemi, Tiina Parviainen, Elina Pilke and Alina TuomistoNANOL LOGOT uutiskirje

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