“...sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education and became a classic.”
—National Association for Interpretation
“By using the activities… the child actually experiences what it is like to be a part of the natural world. I see this little book as a powerful tool in educating children.”
—National Audubon Society
“...Here is a real tool to help children experience the oneness, the beauty and wonder of being in touch with God through His earth.”
—Edgar Cayce’s A. R. E. Journal
“...a most original and imaginative concept in a field which is vital for the welfare of the planet.”
—Sir Peter Scott
"...not just a book but a powerful approach to nature education. The first edition of this book sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education and became a classic. The author, Joseph Cornell, is one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today."
—National Association for Interpretation
"Absolutely the best awareness of nature book I’ve ever seen."
—Whole Earth Review
"A magical tool to awaken children to the delights of nature."
—The National Trust (UK)
"Joseph Cornell's Sharing Nature With Children is in its 20th year of print and is now a classic as a parents' and teachers' nature-awareness guidebook. For the 20th Anniversary Edition, author Joseph Cornell drew upon a wealth of experience in nature education to significantly revise and expand his book. New nature games - favorites from the field - and Cornell's typically insightful commentary makes the second edition of this special classic even more valuable to nature lovers worldwide. The Sharing Nature movement that Cornell pioneered has now expanded to countries all over the globe. Recommended by Boy Scouts of America, American Camping Association, National Audubon Society and many others."
—Southern Maryland Parent Line
"Joseph Cornell's classic parents' and teachers' nature awareness book for kids has sold almost half a million copies in over 15 languages. His 20th anniversary edition updates some of the original activities and includes several more. The sequel includes new games for children and adults as well as Cornell's novel method of putting activities together for deeper insights.
Each book has loads of events designed for groups, pairs or even solitary action. From scavenger hunts to bird calling, guided imagery to nature meditations, Cornell dovetails the path of knowledge with the path of heart. Also included are notations that show parents/teachers at a glance which games are good for introspection, activity, group work, etc. These are excellent summer books for you and your child - not only to deepen in relationship with nature, animals and each other, but to rediscover that learning really can be fun."
— Dawn Brunke, author of Alaska Wellness
". . . not just another book of facts, but is grounded in philosophy as well as information, which shares equal status with attitudes. Love of nature and sensitivity to the natural world are major forces motivating both nature study and conservation, and these attitudes can be developed in an authentic and lasting way by personal experience close at home, more than by watching videos about whales or the tropical rain forest. This low-tech activity-based approach has major implications for science teaching at all levels, standing in complete contrast to many current educational trends, which call for science activities to be highly structured, dependent on technology, and driven by objectives.
Cornell's activities are responsive to what is actually happening in nature, rather than pushing for a desired outcome. Like nature itself, these activities always "work." There are no simulations here; the results are real, not planned in advance by another person. The children study the natural world on its own terms, just as scientists do. The guided observation approach can be especially beneficial for students who are so accustomed to "interactive" computer activities, that they have no desire to focus their attention on "unresponsive" nature. It would be a worthwhile challenge for science teachers to choose a similar orientation and develop activities like these using real materials for school science courses."
—Catherine Reed, University of Minnesota, Science Books & Films
"Imagine a book full of activities where kids can have fun and learn about nature at the same time. A classic when it was released 20 years ago, the book returns in a newly revised edition, courtesy of renowned naturalist Joseph Cornell. The book lists a collection of games (including eight not found in the original edition), that involve an interaction between children and the natural environment surrounding them. For example, the game "Find Your Age" challenges children to investigate different trees in a forest until they have located one that is their age. The games in the book involve groups of children, require few props and are an effective tool for creating a greater awareness and enthusiasm for the beauty of nature."
"Joseph Cornell is the author of Sharing Nature With Children and Sharing Nature With Children II. This two volume set showcase nature studies and appreciation activities that any parent, teacher, or child care provider can readily engage in with children. An appreciation for the complex and interrelated life forms that comprise the exosphere of their environments is a solid basis to establish a life-long enthusiasm for nature and the out-of-doors, as well as a lasting commitment to environmental issues and concerns. Each volume is available independently, but school and community libraries are urged to acquire them both for the nature activities and environmental reference collections."
—Midwest Book Review
“Cornell has devised ingenious nature-based games that . . . celebrate mystery, quiet attention, observation, and the possibility of revelation.”
—Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle, Chairman Emeritus, Children & Nature Network