1. december, 2002

“Nature Interpretation in Denmark” – NATURvejleder 2002 – nr. 4

This edition contains articles that aim to present the broadness of Nature Interpretation in Denmark, how it all started and the state of the art. Most of the articles are filled with examples of nature interpretation activities and how daily work as a Danish nature interpreter turns out.

  • Because it’s fun Greetings from the editors
  • Nature Interpretation in Denmark Head of the Danish Nature Interpreter Service Arne Bondo-Andersen presents the Danish Nature Interpreter Service that started in 1986 and still develops.
  • Training of Danish Nature Interpreters Educating Coordinator of the Danish Nature Interpreters Mette Åskov Knudsen explains what a Nature Interpreter is, the way Nature Interpreters are educated and why we have so much focus on the Direct Experience.
  • A Retrospective View Jes Aagaard gives us a personal view of the first 10 intensive days of the education to become a Danish Nature Interpreter.
  • A mystery stone, a nameless butterfly and… Leader of Raadvad Nature School, Dorrit Hansen tells us about the daily work on a natureschool in Denmark and how useful the networks of other Nature Interpreters are – despite the geographic distances.
  • The love of Nature leads to Sustainable Actions..!? 50 Nature Interpreters have responded to the question: ” When is your nature interpretation a valuable tool for encouraging work towards sustainability?” Jacob Jensen from the Danish Outdoor council gives us a summary of results of the survey.
  • Environment and Urban Ecology Poul Hjulmann explains how the local supermarket can act as the scene for a nature interpretation activity.
  • Hoeing is hot – Spraying is not Marianne Sylvest tells us how the inhabitants of the Danish Island Moen got involved in green gardening and water protection.
  • Visits to Factories and Firms Per Mikkelsen explains how taking groups to visit factories can help to demonstrate the environmental conditions which can result from both production and consumption.
  • Brundtland gets Gravelly Joergen Chemnitz describes an example of how practical work in nature, that children can do themselves, leads to caring for and understanding their surroundings.
  • We should give our Children Roots – and Wings Children are never too young to experience nature. Anne Richardt is a nature interpreter and describes her work with small children.
  • Just do it Stephan Springborg has success with taking kindergartens to the woods and teaching the pedagogues how to get out there on their own.
  • Eggs, Chickens and Pigs that smell, and Cows Muck! Susanne Lund-Larsen reports from an Educational Farm where one of the main purposes is to make children familiar with ordinary farm-animals and how they end up on our dinner tables.
  • Historical Woorkshop and the Necessity of Work Nature Interpreter Peter Hjort Jensen from the Museum of the Blicher Region describes the activities that visitors take part of from the daily life in the 17th century. This is probably the most direct way to learn history.
  • Jens is Manager of the Ecobase called ”Raven” Two shelters, a fireplace and some camping equipment – that´s all you need to start an ecobase. Anne Johannisson reports from a workshop for teachers at the Ecobase.
  • Teacher training that works With the aim to make teachers more willing to teach outdoors Eva Skytte and Stephan Springborg developed a teachers training course inspired by Howard Gardner’s ”Theory of Multiple intelligence.”
  • Job Swap The Danish Nature Interpreter Lars Borch swapped job with Simon Baldwin from South Wales, it turned out to be a very good experience and the job swapping-thing is highly recommended.
  • Can we demonstrate a Sustainable life-style? Anne Johannisson reports from the exhibition:”Agent 0021 – in pursuit of wastefulness” . An exhibition about the choices a family is required to make each and every day.
  • Report from the ”Northern Territories” This is an example of what is going on in one of the local networks for nature interpreters in Denmark.
  • Nature Interpretation excursions in Denmark – examples Read small descriptions of some excursions and activities with Nature Interpreters in Denmark.

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