"The source mentioned by Juliet is great. Depending on population and accessibility other helpful resources are listed below. There are may others as well. I have used each, which serve as a foundation for most of our…"
"In "Last Child in the Woods" the author mentions that exposure to nature can help with a myriad of mental and physical issues. I agree. I have used it with autistic and developmentally delayed as a way to get them interested in…"
"Juliet, thank you--I did join the group on Facebook. Thanks for letting me know about it. :) For now, my idea is that this would be during lunchtime because I want to counsel at the secondary level but eventually I could do lessons. Thanks again!"
"Todd, WOW... thank you so much for your response! I found the thesis and will read that soon. I think it'll give me a great starting point for something I can adapt to fit my goals. The Coyote Guide looks great too--will buy that too. I really…"
"Thanks, Jim! I have read Last Child in the Woods and I'm trying to make sure there is never such a thing as the "last child in the woods" (what an awful day that would be...)! A trip to Costa Rica would be fabulous--definitely…"
Just getting junior high and high school aged children outside tends to help them talk more than in the office in my experience. Ask them to find a natural item and talk about it.
I've been integrating ideas from a Ph.D. Thesis…"
"Hey April I like you ideas. The Gurian institute could be a great resource, its all brain based research on the difference for boys and girls. I would absolutely take walks counsel outside it reliefs stress and is less confining. If you school does…"
Start by asking the children with whom you are working. Also , is it recess or lesson time? If it's recess then go for nature play ideas - See David Sobel's Nature Design Principles book.
If it's lesson…"
"Todd, I would love to talk to the person who is studying school counseling and interested in nature therapy. I am in the same boat. If you could pass along my email address to him/her that would be wonderful! AWatts@nnu.edu ... thank you so much!"
Hello! I am a graduate student at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho. My goal is to become a school counselor for junior high or high school students, and I really want to incorporate my passion for nature into my work with kids. My dream is to create lunch-time nature walk programs, gardening programs, and more--just anything to get kids outside to enjoy nature. I am so excited to have found the C&NN and I can't wait to share ideas with you!