Resilience for Children with Outdoor Pedagogics
Brain growth, 9 pillars of resilience, social and emotional learning outdoors, gamification elements.
Erasmus+ course summary
Sustainability and mental health are two different topics. But just on a first glance. The nature has always been a source of well-being for humans. With rapid urbanization and declines in human contact with nature globally people seem to forget the benefits of nature for mind, body, and spirit. Recently, the growing body of evidence show how children spending time in nature improve memory and attention, self-control, imagination and creativity, sleep, variety of positive feelings and respect of the nature and biodiversity. The course Resilience for Children with Outdoor Pedagogics works on the connection between nature, teaching sustainability and resilience. It offers a set of hands-on activities in nature for students aged 3-10. The activities covers 9 pillars of resilience.
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." – Gary Snyder
16 - 21 October 2023
19 - 24 August 2024
18 - 23 August 2025
Open for registration.
Training usually takes place between 9:00 am and 14:00 pm, followed by after-class activities, that are optional.
We start off with an introductory meeting, an explanation of practical arrangements and a presentation of the participants and timetable. The participants are encouraged to express their expectations, needs and wishes regarding the content of the programme and learning methods. *
Connecting mental health and outdoor learning in nature: examples, demonstration, and experiencing learning activities.
Outdoor pedagogics: foundation, guidelines and principles.
Resilience for children - introduction to 9 pillars: relationship with self, relationship with others, relationship with something greater, physical balance, thinking balance, emotional balance, presence, flexibility, and power.
Nine pillars through guided activities: a collection of hands-on experiential activities.
Nine pillars through semi-structured activities and free play.
Social and emotional learning outdoors: mindfulness for children, collaboration, inspiring feelings of awe and respect.
Gamification elements in nature for learning about sustainability and biodiversity.
Teaching a growth mindset and brain growth in nature.
How to create natural trails: design, material, animation, microlearning.
Practice: design your own trail, treasury hunt or dwarf quest.
Narrative walks for children. Nature therapy walks for children.
Forest bathing with parents.
Mindfulness and savouring activities in nature for the whole family.
Evaluation and farewell.
Documentation and certificates of attendance.
* Some changes in the programme are possible - the content of the course is always adapted to the participants previous knowledge, expectations and requirements.
The participants receive the Informational Booklet a few weeks prior to the start of the course.