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.
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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.
On 21st Century Youth Skills
The UN celebrates on July 15th every year the World Youth Skills Day. One might ask: why? Do youth skills have a similar importance as e.g. the eradication of poverty? This short article argues that youth skills are the very foundation for the eradication for almost all miseries our world suffers from.
The Hoopoe Summit 2021
From the 2nd to the 11th of July 35 young people between 16 and 30 years from all over Europe came together in Apetlon in the national park Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel in Austria for the first ever Hoopoe Summit. The main objective of the event was to create the Hoopoe Declaration, a document outlining the participant’s demands for the future of Europe.
Green Steps Mobile Campus: what is that?
Green Steps STP
An itinerant event. The concept behind our initiative to connect people with nature with our local activities in Sankt Pölten is to involve children and plant the seed of nature stewardship for the ecosystem they live in with the best possible teaching device: making it FUN! Learn more about Green Steps method and check our events schedule.