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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.

Green Steps Ark

The way the world learns to survive

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How to become an

Activity Guide?

01

OBSERVE

02

ASSIST

03

LEAD

Activity Guide levels

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.

Do you want to support our work?

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Shanghai Wetlands: an ecosystem to protect

Environment

Nature is not a museum to be admired from a distance. While we all can understand how crucial some areas are, we have to establish a connection in order to truly take care of those places, fully understand their value, and finally commit to preserving it. Dianshan Lake is the only natural lake in the Shanghai area, its health is crucial for over 25 million people, and for over 400 avian species, including endangered shorebirds.

BEHIND GREEN STEPS: ANNA RIGILLO

Team Intro

Find yourself travelling the World, find the World in a magical place in the middle of nothing. Is this enough to summarize the mind behind the ARK design? Definitely not! You still need to read more about service design, roller skating and, of course, a passion for nature and sustainability. Get to know Anna!

2021, Year of the OX: fun facts about oxen

Fauna

Lunar New Year is widely celebrated by people all around the globe, especially in East Asia and Southeast Asia. In many cultures, it is the most important festival that denotes the beginning of a new calendar year. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, the second of the 12-year periodic sequence of animals. While welcoming the new year, why not learn some interesting stories not only about oxen, but also bulls, cows, and more?

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