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How to Share Nature with your Child

Activities for Experiencing the Joy of Nature by Joseph Cornell
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"A magical tool to awaken children to the delights of nature."                                                                                                                                                 —The National Trust, England

You can create joyful nature experiences and heartfelt memories for you and your child. Learn simple, highly effective methods that have been used around the world for over 30 years.

Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or rural area, you will acquire the skills and confidence to share nature with your child in fun and engaging ways. 

Suggested age range: While children and adults of all ages enjoy the Sharing Nature® activities, this course is designed for parents/educators and their children ages 4 and up. 

In this course you will:

  • Experience nature through 12 prize-winning games that uplift the mind and touch the heart
  • Learn how to enrich your child’s natural curiosity, empathy, and other important human qualities
  • Discover ways to foster greater respect for the earth

The games and methods featured in this course are from Joseph Cornell’s prize-winning book,Sharing Nature®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Cornell is one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and have been used by millions of parents, educators, and outdoor leaders. He is the honorary president of Sharing Nature Association of Japan, which has trained 40,000 leaders. 

This course is for thoughtful parents and educators who want their children to learn directly from life itself through personal contact with nature. As you and your child experience nature’s joy and aliveness together, you’ll grow closer to nature and to one another.

Contents and Overview

This course includes 27 instructional videos, 12 nature activities, "Action Items", supplemental handouts, and quizzes. You will also receive the full E-book of Sharing Nature®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Through clear, step-by-step guidance and explanatory stories, you will learn everything you need to stay safe and to begin to Share Nature with your child. 

Each instructional video features an activity or nature awareness principle to enrich you and your child’s experience of the outdoors. An “Action Item” and short quiz is also added to enhance your understanding of the content. The activities and the video voiceover script are excerpted from Sharing Nature®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages.

Parents all over the world have used these nature activities with great delight and effectiveness. Because they are easy to use and require little to no materials, your full attention can be focused on your child’s experience of nature.

After completing this course, you will have the confidence and skills to take your child outside and share with them the joy of nature. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Parents/educators and their children ages 4 and up.
What Will I Learn?
12 of Joseph Cornell’s most popular and engaging nature activities
E-Book of "Sharing Nature®: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages"
Clear, step-by-step guidance for how to share nature effectively with your child
Guidelines for keeping your child and yourself safe outdoors
How to plan your nature sessions to make the most of your time together
Techniques to foster in your child a love for the earth
Resources to further enhance your family’s relationship with nature
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  • A willingness to spend focused, quality time with your child outdoors
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 27 Lectures Collapse All 27 Lectures 01:18:30
You are Part of a Worldwide Movement
4 Lectures 11:21

This lecture explains how we would recommend you take this course.

How to take this course

Sharing Nature has been used around the world for over 35 years. In this lecture you will learn the ways in which it has grown and how people have creatively used its methods. 

Preview 03:20

This lecture explains why nature activities are effective for developing a closer connection with nature.

How to Share Nature effectively

How to Share Nature effectively

Lecture 1
5 questions
Keeping Safe and What You'll Need
2 Lectures 06:21

Safety should always be your number one priority when going outside. In this lecture we give some ways that you and your child can keep safe while outdoors. 

Keep your child and yourself safe outdoors

Keep your child and yourself safe outdoors

Lecture 4
4 questions

We share with you all of the materials you will need to play the activities in this course. 

Adventure Backpack: What you'll need

Adventure Backpack: What you'll need

Lecture 5
1 question
Foster a Sense of Wonder
3 Lectures 07:52

In this lecture we share the importance of providing captivating experiences with your child. It is when they are totally focused and absorbed that they can receive the most from nature. 

Preview 03:25

Sharing captivating nature experienes with your children

Lecture 6
3 questions

Sound Map is a wonderful activity for listening to the various nature sounds all around you. 

Preview 02:23

Sound Map

Lecture 7
6 questions

In Micro Hike you explore with your child the tiny world on the surface of the soil. 

Activity: Micro Hike

Micro Hike 

Lecture 8
2 questions
Listening to Nature . . . and to your Child
3 Lectures 08:05

Receptivity is one of the most important qualities to have as we share nature with our child. 

Be receptive and aware

Be receptive and aware 

Lecture 9
3 questions

Sounds is a very simple activity you can do with your child even if you are inside with your window open. 

Activity: Sounds


Lecture 10
4 questions

I can See helps children and adults become more mindfully immersed in their natural surroundings. 

Activity: I Can See

I can See

Lecture 11
5 questions
A Sense of Joy Should Permeate the Experience
4 Lectures 11:49

Play is more important than you might think...

The benefits of absorbing play and calm observation

The benefits of absorbing play and calm observation 

Lecture 12
5 questions

This lecture shares important tips that you should consider before dong any sort of blindfold activities with your child. 

Tips for blindfolded activities

Tips for blindfold activities 

Lecture 13
3 questions

In this activity children are taken on a sensory walk with blindfolds on. 

Activity: Caterpillar Walk

Caterpillar Walk

Lecture 14
6 questions

Camera is one of the most powerful and loved of the Sharing Nature activities. 

Activity: Camera


Lecture 15
3 questions
Make the Most of Your Time Together
1 Lecture 03:06

In this lecture we share 5 easy steps for planning your nature session. 

How to plan your nature session

How to plan your nature session 

Lecture 16
4 questions
A Sample Nature Awareness Session
5 Lectures 16:21

Sequencing your nature activities in a purposeful way allows you to get the most out of your nature session with your child. 

The value of sequencing nature activities

The value of sequencing nature activities 

Lecture 17
7 questions

Noses is a guessing game where players learn interesting facts about animals. 

Activity: Noses


Lecture 18
3 questions

Camouflage Trail is a wonderful activity for increasing children's observational skills while spotting hard to see, hidden objects

Activity: Camouflage Trail

Camouflage Trail 

Lecture 19
6 questions

"There is a tree that has been waiting to meet you since before you were born." 

Activity: Meet a Tree

Meet a Tree

Lecture 20
4 questions

The Birds of the Air is a beautiful song and a wonderful way to end your nature session. 

Activity: The Birds of the Air song

The Birds of the Air

Lecture 21
2 questions
Create a Sense of Belonging
2 Lectures 05:22

Caring for the earth naturally develops in hearts that have been touched by nature's beauty. 

Caring for the earth

Caring for the earth

Lecture 22
2 questions

Journey to the Heart of Nature gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a particular

natural spot–to listen to the land and enter fully into the lives of its inhabitants.

Activity: Journey to the Heart of Nature

Journey to the Heart of Nature

Lecture 23
4 questions
How to Foster in your Child a Love for Nature
2 Lectures 06:13

It is important that we exemplify the qualities we want our children to develop. 

Your example is contagious

Your example is contagious

Lecture 24
1 question

In this activity players walk in silence as they share nature's wonders. 

Activity: Silent Sharing Walk

Silent Sharing Walk

Lecure 25
4 questions
Take it Further
1 Lecture 02:00
Resources to further enhance your family's relationship with nature
About the Instructor
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Instructor Bio

Greg Traymar has been personally trained by world-renowned nature educator Joseph Cornell and is the International Director of Sharing Nature Worldwide. He has trained with outdoor groups including the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He is a gifted and inspiring teacher and wins friends wherever he travels. He has led Sharing Nature keynote presentations and workshops in 13 countries. Greg has a B.A. in Environmental Education and Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College. 

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