In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants experience nature directly, with a focus on balance.
Invite the group to join you on a nature walk, focused on balance in your local ecosystem. 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 would happen if that species over-populated or if the species died out. Point out that when one species over-populates that can mean there is not enough space or food for other living beings. When a species dies out that can mean there is a loss of shelter or food, or even that another species will over-populate because it no longer has a natural predator.
When you have completed your walk, process the activity with questions such as:
Determine whether there are any relevant allergies within your group, such as bee stings or pollen, and plan accordingly.
If you have a child who 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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