This activity is great for illustrating connections among the ecosystem services that are provided by Nature for all life to survive. It also is a visible demonstration of these connections and how interrelated we all are with them.
This activity is great for exploring and describing the world using senses other than sight (touch mostly, but also smell and sound). It helps to create an intimate bond with a place and its inhabitants - especially the plants, rocks and terrain.
We have used journaling for all sorts of applications over the years in our programs. Primarily we use them to record important findings while participants engaged in activities such as “Build A Marine Ecosystem” or “Micro Trails or Parks”. We also incorporate journaling times into our schedule for students to have some regular quiet, reflective time.
This activity is great for increasing observational skills by allowing the participants to see the subtleties of an area, its smaller inhabitants and signs of different processes underway. Participants create a "micro trail or park" for tiny organisms marking important things in a natural area.
This activity is designed to bring one of the simplest, yet most frequently ignored facts of life - everything is connected to everything else. Pyramid models are one of the best ways to demonstrate the flow of the sun’s energy through complex food webs or whole ecosystems.
This activity is a great way to demonstrate to younger children how the sun’s energy decreases as one moves up the food chain. It compliments the Energy Pyramids activity also described. It also demonstrates how we are all dependent on the sun’s energy for our own survival.
This activity is great for practicing and strengthening observational skills in the natural environment. Participants walk the length of a forested trail looking for items that don't belong, that are not natural.