Nature as Mentor
Outdoor Classroom Design
Naturalizing the Playground
"In this process of unlearning, in the process of feeling and hearing the plants again,
one comes to realize many things."
- Stephen Harrod Buhner (https://www.stephenharrodbuhner.com/about/)"
Nature mentors diversity
Planting native medicinal polycultures to diversify the elementary school playground's outdoor classroom.
Inside Ottawa Valley: 'Restorative practice in schools includes nature connection'
Restorative discussions in the circle classroom...
Restorative Communication Circle Discussions in the outdoor classroom
Gather in a circle, practice eye contact and active listening, empathy and respect for the speaker.
Identify the importance of Nature as a Mentor and her ‘purpose’ of providing a home for living beings.
Gratitude Sharing. The land grows medicine. Identifying and foraging. Intuitive communication with plants.
Child led discussions: Following the child's curiosity, inclusive listening and learning together, asking authentic questions.
Restore the Soil: The importance of building soil: Is topsoil a renewable resource or a nonrenewable resource? Introduce the wonderful world of mycelium.
Restore the Planet:
Why plant trees?
And it’s not just people who benefit: trees provide habitats for hundreds of species of insects, birds and small mammals. A tree-planting scheme offers teachers the opportunity to discuss biodiversity and gives pupils the chance to engage with a tangible example. It’s a real-life science experiment and will provide you with amazing habitats to study in science lessons for years to come.
i. Stephen Harrod Buhner