Green Steps - Home - Connecting you with nature
“An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfillment”.
- David Attenborough
An age appropriate hands-on curriculum exploring the relationship between you, me and the planet.
Our ecological system is close to a tipping point of a no return climate change. It is now that we must act.
By taking small and gentle steps towards changing the way we interact with nature.
It is the spirit of the child that can determine the course of human progress and lead it perhaps even to a higher form of civilization.
- Maria Montessori
Experience starts with a direct interaction with the subject of study. By being personally engaged, our whole self is actively involved in the process of understanding. It is more than just an intellectual activity, it involves senses, feelings and personality.
Through collective exchange of ideas we can understand a wider picture of a phenomena. We practice listening, respect and tolerance to others. By using appropriate terminology to describe what we experience we build our vocabulary and communication skills.
The information gathered helps to create a model, using abstract thinking we conceptualize a phenomenon. We try to understand the cause and consequences, the timeline and the key elements that shape a situation. This develops visualization, creativity and critical thinking.
Exploring perspectives for what we are learning, finding the relation with others and the planet, we develop our ecological mindset and get a sense of the big picture, the interconnectedness of things and what Maria Montessori calls cosmic intelligence.
Apply what has been learned to other contexts. Combine several areas of knowledge to create new solutions. Engage with the surroundings, develop a sense of belonging and become an active member of the community, build a better future.
Our goals for 2022
Nature activities will be designed
Nature guides will be trained and certified
kilograms of waste will be removed from nature
Articles on nature education will be published
learning communities will join our journey
Participants will be connected with nature
Plants & Friends at Praterlounge - St. Pölten
Plants & Friends is one of the programmes that are part of the Green Steps mobile campus, during which you will get to know the Plants and Animals of your home in a playful and engaging way. Find out what we found at Praterlounge!
On the Health Benefits of the Mobile Campus
The Green Steps Mobile Campus is online and you are welcome to book single sessions in the Spring program which started on March 27th or weekly courses of the Summer program which will start on July 4. Grow your empathy for nature – one exciting step at a time! Choose between two age specific activity formats and 20 routes crisscrossing St. Pölten, taking you to corners you have never been and showing you perspectives, you have never imagined. Learn in this article why participating in the Mobile Campus is good for your health and the wellbeing of your children.
Earth Day 2022 – On Pirates, Snakes and Snails
Earth Day 2022. We are again on the prowl to restore the planet – the last Plastic Pirates activity of the season took a courageous crew into the wild where we loot 54 kg of waste from a plot which is supposedly owned by a transnational real estate tycoon, while fighting off the rain. Rain is what snails love, so they turn into a major attraction as well as a young grass snake which we discover in a large plastic tarp.