Nature Club Kids come together to learn about and explore the flora and fauna in their own school & backyards. "We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love something we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not sense." ~ Richard Louv
Bird Language, Orienting Skills; Primitive Technology; Ephemeral Art, and Journaling are just a few ways Nature Club Kids connect with their local ecosystem. Earth stewardship starts at home.
Every subject learned in school, has it's roots outside. Observing, classifying and imitating the interconnected natural phenomena happening in nature is how humans have thrived on earth for eons. Inspiration and biomimicry are how inventions come to be! In Nature Club, we have ways to hone our powers of observation that invigorate the child's sense of wonder and spark imagination.
"Nature is imagination itself."
If children came with tags like plants, the label would say: "Grow in an enriching environment with extended doses of sun, shade, flowers, puddle play, mud-pies, fireflies, campfire stories, butterflies, ladybugs, etc." We strive to foster a love of Nature through backyard and schoolyard discoveries, explorations and observations. Just as processed foods are not ideal for health; processed indoor environments are not conducive to optimal learning experiences. We love to spend time amidst the complex and dynamic backyard world. Real children are invigorated by real life.
Ann Marie Douglass has been an early childhood educator for nearly 20 years. She is an Arlington Regional Master Naturalist and Tree Steward. She is a Project Learning Tree facilitator and has been trained via the Arbor Day Foundation on the utilization of outdoor classrooms to meet K-5th curricular objectives. Ann Marie was trained through the Art of Mentorship program via Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA, and recently completed a Bird Language Intensive course in Santa Cruz, CA.
She believes that loving what your backyard has to offer leads to loving the rainforest and the conservation of our natural resources. Living in an urban area with heavy doses of screen time begs for balance in finding wonders among the natural rhythms of the seasons.
Arlington, Virginia, United States