This program focuses on Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, describing creative partnerships in formal public and private K?12 schools and in informal settings, such as nature centers, museums, zoos, private and public camps, and youth programs. (**everyone who registers for this workshop will receive a free copy of the book!!)
It is an opportunity to discover effective learning strategies using nature?themed books, nature journaling, and a variety of outdoor themes for stimulating expressive communication in children that simultaneously develop literacy skills (“Read the Book!”) and witnessing first hand discoveries in the outdoors (“Do the Book!”).
Such an approach begins with the collaborative partnering of librarians (there is a definite emphasis on public and school librarians and libraries serving college education programs) and K-12 school teachers and outdoor or environmental or nature educators combining their skill, interests, and settings to improve children’s understanding of nature in the environments where children live (from home to community), go to school, and play. The nature journal and journaling take on an all-important role in this process, as the primary tool where students are asked to record their observations, reactions, and feelings about their experiences in the our doors, and then use to recordings to reflect their experiences in a wide variety of “means of expression:” a written paragraph or verse, a drawing, a map, and how to supplement that journal record with other means of “data capture” and social networking.
Ideas for special programs and projects will be up for discussion, and weather permitting some outdoor experiential exercises for “Advanced Journal Techniques.” (materials supplied).
Fred Stoss, Librarian, in the Science and Engineering Information Center of Lockwood Library at the SUNY University at Buffalo wears a number of “Librarian Hats,” as the UB Biological Sciences, Geology and Mathematics Librarian. He also dons a cap or two as a member of the New York State Outdoor Education Association and the North American Association for Environmental Education for which he is a trainer of the NAAEE Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence.