Sharing Nature(r): Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages (Paperback)

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By Joseph Cornell, Richard Louv (Foreword by)
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You don't need to be a kid to benefit from the fun activities in this interactive nature guide. Joseph Cornell's best-loved outdoor games, formerly published in the classics Sharing Nature with Children and Sharing the Joy of Nature, are now combined into one volume and expanded to include even more joyful activities. Divided into four sections which correspond to the four stages of "flow learning," the games are aimed to awaken enthusiasm, focus attention, offer direct experience, or share inspiration. Depending on what is needed for the group at what time and what place, choices include: Wild Animal Scramble, Predator-Prey, Sound Map, Caterpillar Walk, Folding Poem, A Letter to Myself, and much, much more. Cornell's love of the natural world comes through on every page, lifting the reader up, up…quite possibly out of one's chair and into a nearby forest or park. Discover what sparked a movement in the field of environmental education in this treasury of fifty-four activities, teaching tips, and nature philosophy. A great resource for teachers, parents, and anyone who wants to become more vibrantly alive, playful, and at one with the environment.

— Diane


Sharing Nature with Children sold more than half a million copies and sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education. Now that classic has been rewritten, with added new activities--and combined with Sharing Nature with Children II (a treasury of some of Joseph's best-loved nature games for children and adults) in one complete volume: Sharing Nature.Upon its release, Sharing Nature quickly received six prestigious awards: Winner, Silver Nautilus Award in the Animals & Nature category Winner, Grand Prize: Indie Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category Winner, Indie Book Award in the Science/Nature/Environment category Winner, Indie Book Award in the Parenting/Family category Winner, Silver Evergreen Medal in the Nature Conservation category Winner, Green Book Festival Award in the How-To category Shortlisted, 2016 Green Earth Book Award in the Young Adult Nonfiction category Finalist, 2016 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Nature category Not just a book, this is a powerful approach to nature education. Fans of the original work will be excited by this new version of their beloved nature handbook, which incorporates the author's latest insights. (Cornell drew upon a wealth of experience to significantly revise and expand this book.) New readers--including outdoor enthusiasts of all types and nature-based schools and instructors--will be enthralled by this phenomenal teaching tool. Essential, easy to use, Sharing Nature is nature awareness made simple. It makes experiencing nature fun. An extraordinary resource for anyone who would like to get in touch with the land, trees, and mountains. This book is a treasure trove of games and activities that tap into our natural curiosity, imagination, and wonder. Give a friend or a child an experience of Nature and wildlife that he will remember the rest of his life. Sharing Nature takes readers beyond their intellects and into their hearts, where true understanding and appreciation take place. The wildly popular nature activities in this book arouse a sense of mystery, and engender quiet attention, observation, and the possibility of revelation. New nature games--and old favorites--and Cornell's typically insightful commentary makes this new and quintessential version of this special classic even more valuable to nature enthusiasts worldwide. In page after page of innovative activities, Cornell's unique blend of knowledge and warmth creates a contagious atmosphere for learning. Enjoy the color interior with 250 photos offering comprehensive easy-to-follow instructions. The Sharing Nature movement has expanded to countries all over the globe. Cornell and his work have been recommended by the Boy Scouts of America, the American Camping Association, the National Audubon Society, Japan's national school system, and many others. Cornell also introduces his remarkable technique of Flow Learning, showing how to match nature activities to the interest and energy levels of participants and children, and to organize them in a way that works, placing them in thematic sequence to ensure a genuinely uplifting experience.

About the Author

Joseph Cornell is an internationally renowned author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, one of the planet's most widely respected nature awareness programs. His first book, Sharing Nature with Children, "sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education" and has been published in twenty languages and sold half a million copies. He is the honorary president of Sharing Nature Association of Japan, which has 10,000 members and 35,000 trained leaders. Mr. Cornell is the author of the Sharing Nature Book Series, used by millions of parents, educators, naturalists, and youth and religious leaders all over the world. Mr. Cornell's books, Listening to Nature and The Sky and Earth Touched Me, have inspired thousands of adults to deepen their relationship with nature. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service selected Mr. Cornell's Sharing Nature with Children as one of the fifteen most influential books published since 1890 for connecting children and families to nature. His highly effective outdoor learning strategy, Flow Learning(TM), was featured by the U.S. National Park Service as one of five recommended learning theories, along with the works of Maria Montessori, Howard Gardner, John Dewey, and Jean Piaget.Mr. Cornell's books have received the following prestigious awards: Sharing Nature: Winner, Silver Nautilus Award in the Animals & Nature category Winner, Grand Prize: Indie Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category Winner, Indie Book Award in the Science/Nature/Environment category Winner, Indie Book Award in the Parenting/Family category Winner, Silver Evergreen Medal in the Nature Conservation category Winner, Green Book Festival Award in the How-To category The Sky and Earth Touched Me: Winner, Grand Prize for Non-Fiction, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner, for Science/Nature/Environment category, Indie Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Best Environment/Ecology/Nature Book, IPPY Book Awards Winner, for Spiritual category, Green Book Festival Listening to Nature: Winner, Book of the Year Izaak Walton League Pewter- North American Publishing Co. Gold Ink Award John Muir: My Life with Nature: Winner, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, Non-Fiction Humane Heroes Mr. Cornell has received many international awards for his Sharing Nature books and work. He received the prestigious Countess Sonja-Bernadotte Prize in Germany for his vast influence on environmental education in Central Europe. In 2011 Cornell was selected as one of the world's "100 most influential opinion leaders committed to the Environment" by the French organization, Les Anges Gardiens de la Planete. Along with Jane Goodall and David Attenborough, Joseph Bharat Cornell is an Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Environmental Education. Known for his warmth and joyful enthusiasm, Cornell "has a genius for finding the essence of a subject, explaining it in clear and compelling ways, and then giving the reader creative exercises to gain an actual experience." Joseph and his wife, Anandi, are senior ministers and residents of Ananda Village in Northern California. For more information on Joseph Cornell's books and activities, please visit
Product Details
ISBN: 9781565892873
ISBN-10: 1565892879
Publisher: Crystal Clarity Publishers
Publication Date: June 15th, 2015
Pages: 216
Language: English