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Green Steps - Training - Learning to connect with nature

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Our Training

Guiding our children into a sound 21st century adulthood

We believe in life long learning and the mentor-disciple relationship. It unfolds in our training and in our activities in a threefold manner. Master trainers train nature guides, nature guides train activity participants, and we always continue to learn from our students who quite often teach the most important lessons.

We are great fans of community driven, collaborative learning and use only appropriate technology to distribute material. Online learning might work for some people well, but for us its all about building real connections to nature and people.

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The way the world learns to survive

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How to become an

Activity Guide?







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Why do we offer

This Training?

Collaboration instead of competition

We have reached a bottleneck in human evolution and need to shift our learning focus away from competition and towards collaboration. Climate change and a widening wealth gap are two symptoms of the same root cause.

Unfolding the human potential

We practice cultural unlearning with the sole objective of unfolding the human potential by growing empathy for the environment.

Montessori 2.0

We are deeply influenced by Dr. Maria Montessori’s pedagogical anthropology and have no ties to conventional methods of teaching. We believe that education has to be reformed in regard to time, space and attitude.

Reduction of teacher-student ratios

We believe that teaching is above all observation. In order to be able to observe teacher-student ratios need to be significantly reduced and the number of teachers substantially increased.

Unleash your own potential

Not everybody who has a talent for teaching can take a full academic degree; many people don’t even realize that they would be great teachers and we know that there are many out there who have been conditioned by our education systems to stay far away from anything that smells only a bit like school.

No academic training needed

We therefore encourage everybody with and without formal teacher training to join either our short Activity Guide programs or the full Nature Guide program and stay in touch with us to spread empathy for the environment.

Support of existing nature learning initiatives

If you have already started to develop your own course content, get in touch with us and discuss how we can cooperate to strengthen your nature learning community.

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Green Steps Seoul represents the REWILD YOURSELF exhibition at Sinsa House in Seoul


In the fall, Ellen was part of an exhibition at Sinsa House in Seoul showcasing sustainable efforts in the Korean fashion and automotive industries. In a joint effort between environmentalist David de Rothschild and Hyundai Motor Cars, Seoul citizens were invited to the REWILD YOURSELF project. Here, city dwellers were able to step out of their busy indoor city lives and into a forest-like natural environment to experience its impact on them. Some visitors said it took them right back to their childhood….. find out more details through the interview below.

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The Human Being as Ecosystem Service Provider


This essay calls upon the reader to consider human resources as natural resources and the human species as a keystone species which can destroy and create ecosystems. Integrating human ecosystem services into the global economy requires a fair and decentralized remuneration which empowers individuals to contribute to a solution of the climate crisis. The introduction of a universal basic income which complements a shrinking labor market and distributes the productivity gains harvested through automation and digitalization is a solution to the environmental and social crisis.

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Multiple collaborations confirmed for 2023


Green Steps has started a cooperation with the Center for Urban Nature at the Technical University of Munich to visualize ecosystem services for trees. The collaboration aims at making the value of old trees easy to understand through engaging science communication. Several other collaborations have also been formalized.

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