Green Steps - Home - Connecting you with nature
“An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfillment”.
- David Attenborough
An age appropriate hands-on curriculum exploring the relationship between you, me and the planet.
Our ecological system is close to a tipping point of a no return climate change. It is now that we must act.
By taking small and gentle steps towards changing the way we interact with nature.
It is the spirit of the child that can determine the course of human progress and lead it perhaps even to a higher form of civilization.
- Maria Montessori
Experience starts with a direct interaction with the subject of study. By being personally engaged, our whole self is actively involved in the process of understanding. It is more than just an intellectual activity, it involves senses, feelings and personality.
Through collective exchange of ideas we can understand a wider picture of a phenomena. We practice listening, respect and tolerance to others. By using appropriate terminology to describe what we experience we build our vocabulary and communication skills.
The information gathered helps to create a model, using abstract thinking we conceptualize a phenomenon. We try to understand the cause and consequences, the timeline and the key elements that shape a situation. This develops visualization, creativity and critical thinking.
Exploring perspectives for what we are learning, finding the relation with others and the planet, we develop our ecological mindset and get a sense of the big picture, the interconnectedness of things and what Maria Montessori calls cosmic intelligence.
Apply what has been learned to other contexts. Combine several areas of knowledge to create new solutions. Engage with the surroundings, develop a sense of belonging and become an active member of the community, build a better future.
Our goals for 2021
Nature activities will be designed
Nature guides will be trained and certified
kilograms of waste will be removed from nature
Articles on nature education will be published
learning communities will join our journey
Participants will be connected with nature
Nature Journal Challenge 2021
After the first Global Nature Journal Challenge launched last November, we decided to make it bigger and give you a full month to make sure that you don’t forget how much fun being in nature can be. Don't miss the opportunity to win a set of Flying Friends, our original card game to learn about the wildlife in the Yangtze Delta bioregion, and build a way stronger sense of belonging to a common home
Ten ways to stay connected with nature
A list of inspiring activities and games to play outdoors with your children. Have fun and find more peace with yourselves and with nature in the new year: you might be surprised of how much you might realise about what really counts when you get to enjoy and remember the feelings and the curiosity from you childhood discoveries coming from a fresh perspective and appreciation for life. Preserve that freshness and you will be inspired.
Little Boxes: how our property laws impact climate change
In December 2019 Green Steps registered an NGO in Austria to tie China activities closer to our European home countries. One year later, after all the required steps of preparation, staff recruiting and networking, we finally got to do what we are here for: providing education in harmony with nature. Our first activity was a Plastic Pirates: 13kg collected and much more waiting for our upcoming monthly clean-ups.