Journey to the Heart of Nature: A Guided Exploration

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Dawn Publications, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 123 pages
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This book contains a guided exploration of a special place in nature. Although geared towards young adults (ages 12-17), the book may also be appropriate for older children (ages 9-11), and adults. During a series of five visits, short multi-ethnic stories with matching activities help the reader to discover the area's uniqueness and beauty by using their senses and careful observation. Five chapters have the following themes: (1) begining to explore a special place in nature; (2) ways to become familiar with animals and plants that live in the area; (3) receptivity to nature; (4) ways to preserve and care for the site and to share its special features with a friend; and (5) personal reflection during an evening/morning or overnight visit to the site. The book is written as if a young person is doing the activities alone, however the activities and stories can be used with groups. The final section of the book contains a leader's guide with a group activity for special situations, a group song, and 13 resources. (LZ)

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Joseph Cornell, founder of the Sharing Nature Foundation, is one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today. He has written several books, including Sharing Nature with Children, Sharing the Joy of Nature, Listening to Nature, and Journey to the Heart of Nature. Cornell has been a classroom teacher, a school district outdoor educator, a Boy Scout camp naturalist in the High Sierras, a workshop and keynote speaker, and a Living History presenter. Cornell was nominated for The Right Livelihood Award, an international peace prize from Sweden, in 1982 and has received the Honorary Award from the National Association of Interpreters.

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