Q: How can nature-based learning engage students in a way traditional classrooms can’t?
A: “It’s hands-on. We know that learners are every type. Some people learn by doing, by seeing.” says Darci Sanders, Gilmour Academy’s nature-based learning coordinator. “When you’re outside, all of your senses are engaged. [Nature-based learning] offers the opportunity to reach kids that don’t engage in their best learning manner inside of a classroom. It helps put things in perspective. It’s not just about science. It’s about local and natural history. You can bring in poetry and art, and any language, and combine an effort in whole body, mind and person interaction. Getting out there and messing around with sticks and stones and streams and dams and bridges helps develop fine and large motor skills when you’re young. It makes a difference.