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Mother Nature is Teaching Today. Why Teach Nature?. To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or sea-side stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall.

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mother nature is teaching today

Mother Nature is Teaching Today

University of Scouting

2007

why teach nature
Why Teach Nature?
  • To a person uninstructed in natural history, his country or sea-side stroll is a walk through a gallery filled with wonderful works of art, nine-tenths of which have their faces turned to the wall.
      • Thomas Huxley ~ 19th Century Philosopher & Environmentalist

University of Scouting

2007

department of cub scouting
Department of Cub Scouting
  • Great Outdoors as Classroom
  • Teaching Nature
  • Programs ~ Hikes, crafts, activities
  • Resources

University of Scouting

2007

the natural world
The Natural World
  • Science
  • Environment
  • Pollution
  • Conservation
  • Citizenship
  • Outdoor Code

University of Scouting

2007

it s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all
  • Scoping Activities
    • Tigers, Wolves, Bears & Webelos
    • Outdoors
      • Hikes, Field Trips, Scavenger Hunts, Collecting
    • Indoors
      • Nature Videos, Games, Skits, Stunts, Songs

University of Scouting

2007

tiger cubs
Tiger Cubs
  • Go See it!
    • Nature Center presentations
    • Field trips
    • Neighborhood Hikes
    • Treasure Hunt
    • Outdoor Adventure

University of Scouting

2007

wolves
Wolves
  • Use the Wolf Handbook
  • Hikes
  • Hand-on Activities
  • Crafts
  • Skits
  • Songs

University of Scouting

2007

bears
Bears
  • Caring for the Planet
  • Conservation
  • Visit zoos, nature centers, wildlife preserves
  • Share your world with wildlife
  • Tie to Advancement with Bear Handbook

University of Scouting

2007

webelos
Webelos
  • Earn the Outdoor Group
    • Forester
    • Geologist
    • Naturalist
    • Outdoorsman
  • Cub World Conservation Award
  • Cub ‘Front Country’ LNT Award

University of Scouting

2007

presentation methods outdoor
Presentation Methods:Outdoor
  • Field Trips
    • Zoos, aquariums
    • Botanical gardens
    • Nature centers
    • Parks
    • Museums
  • Council Conservation Resource Guide

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Outdoor
  • All Season Hikes
    • Get outdoors EVERY Month
    • Dress Properly for the Season
    • Create Themes

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Outdoor
  • A Hike is a Journey
    • With a Purpose
    • With a Route
    • With a Destination
  • Tailor to Cub rank and experience
  • Incorporate Activity Badge Work

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Outdoor
  • Adopt an Acre
  • Mark out 3 or 4 foot squares
  • Visit & Observe Monthly
  • Note Changes
  • Report & Discuss at Den meetings

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Outdoor
  • Nature Scavenger Hikes
    • Preparation Required
      • List Objects to Find
      • Include Chronology Questions

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Outdoor
  • Collecting Natural Objects
    • Leaves, cones, nuts
    • Sea Shells
    • Stamps (Nature-themed – birds, fish, animals)
    • Leave what you find

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Outdoor
  • Conservation & Ecology Themes
    • Leave No Trace Organization
      • Outdoor Ethics
    • Sierra Club
    • Audobon Society
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Natural Resources Defense Council

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2007

presentation methods indoor
Presentation Methods:Indoor
  • The Art of Nature
    • Vast & far-reaching
    • Get into it!
    • Each boy will have unique perspective
    • Use your imagination

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Indoor
  • Nature out the Window
    • Inclusiveness
      • Physically handicapped
      • Housebound
    • Tools
      • Telescope, microscope, kaleidescope
      • Bug box, magnifying glass

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Indoor
  • Songs, Skits, Presentations
    • Select
    • Rehearse
    • Cue Cards – Poster-size
    • Build a repertoire

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Indoor
  • Nature Crafts
    • Tie-in to Outdoor activity
      • Arranging collections
      • Identify leaves
      • Pine cone bird-feeders
      • Birdhouse building

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2007

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Presentation Methods:Indoor
  • Nature in Theatre
    • Puppets (Webelos Showman)
    • Milk-jug Masks (Bears)
    • Paper-bag Masks (Wolves)
    • Costumes (natural elements – grass, leaves)
    • Props – from natural items

University of Scouting

2007

presentation methods games
Presentation Methods:Games
  • Use Nature Themes
    • Go Fish (sea shells, leaves, stones)
    • Nature Jeopardy – think up questions & answers
    • Pick-up Sticks BIG TIME – use 12” – 15” sticks

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2007

resources
Resources
  • Internet
    • USScouting Service Project (http://www.cubbobwhite.net/outdoor/od.htm)
    • Scouting.org (http://scouting.org/)
    • Conservation Resource Guide (http://wpcbsa.org/Conservation/)
    • (Environmental Education Resources (http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/index.aspx
    • Government (Forest Service, National Parks & State Parks, Local Parks & Recreation Departments)

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2007

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Resources
  • On the Ground
    • Libraries
      • Public
      • School
      • Other (Nature Centers, Museums)
    • Nature-oriented Organizations
      • Nature Centers
      • Arboretums

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2007

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Resources
  • Skits
    • BSA Cub Scout Leader How-to Book
    • Creative Campfires (BSA Supply)
    • MacScouter’s Big Book of Skits (on-line)
  • Nature
    • Wilderness with Children: Parent’s Guide to Family Outings. Michael Hodgson

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2007

conclusion
Conclusion

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me

And I wake in the night at the least sound

In fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

Rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

Who do not tax their lives with forethought

Or grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

Waiting with their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

University of Scouting

2007