In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants experience nature directly.
Go on a nature walk with a focus on needs versus wants. As you walk, notice and count the different varieties of plants and animals that you encounter. Invite participants to place any interesting non-living items they find in their paper bags, such as acorns, stones, or leaves. As you see a new species, ask the participants to consider what that living being needs in order to survive. Point out that generally speaking, animals and plants do not take more than they need from nature.
When you have completed your walk, process the activity with questions like:
Be sure to determine whether there are any relevant allergies within your group, such as bee stings or pollen, and plan accordingly.
If any child uses a wheelchair or has limited mobility, select a location that is accessible, with paved paths.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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