Green Steps - Training - Learning to connect with nature
Guiding our children into a sound 21st century adulthood
We believe in life long learning and the mentor-disciple relationship. It unfolds in our training and in our activities in a threefold manner. Master trainers train nature guides, nature guides train activity participants, and we always continue to learn from our students who quite often teach the most important lessons.
We are great fans of community driven, collaborative learning and use only appropriate technology to distribute material. Online learning might work for some people well, but for us its all about building real connections to nature and people.
Green Steps Ark
The way the world learns to survive
How to become an
Join an activity 3 times (6h) and I theory unit (2h).
Complete our EFR training or proof your valid EFR certification (8h).
Hand in your assignments and get approved by your trainer.
Why do we offer
Collaboration instead of competition
We have reached a bottleneck in human evolution and need to shift our learning focus away from competition and towards collaboration. Climate change and a widening wealth gap are two symptoms of the same root cause.
Unfolding the human potential
We practice cultural unlearning with the sole objective of unfolding the human potential by growing empathy for the environment.
We are deeply influenced by Dr. Maria Montessori’s pedagogical anthropology and have no ties to conventional methods of teaching. We believe that education has to be reformed in regard to time, space and attitude.
Reduction of teacher-student ratios
We believe that teaching is above all observation. In order to be able to observe teacher-student ratios need to be significantly reduced and the number of teachers substantially increased.
Unleash your own potential
Not everybody who has a talent for teaching can take a full academic degree; many people don’t even realize that they would be great teachers and we know that there are many out there who have been conditioned by our education systems to stay far away from anything that smells only a bit like school.
No academic training needed
We therefore encourage everybody with and without formal teacher training to join either our short Activity Guide programs or the full Nature Guide program and stay in touch with us to spread empathy for the environment.
Support of existing nature learning initiatives
If you have already started to develop your own course content, get in touch with us and discuss how we can cooperate to strengthen your nature learning community.
Behind Green Steps: Ellen Loasby
Born in Germany, living in Shanghai. Working in education with a passion for yoga. Joined Green Steps as a Nature Guide because she wants to protect the environment every day, but also because she believes in the wisdom of children. Get to know our Ellen!
Chestnuts, Memories & Practical Life
While society stigmatizes manual work, during childhood it is instead crucial to create vivid memories and to teach long lasting practical lessons we will need in our daily life thanks to the educational value of physical activities. Like picking chestnuts from the ground.