Winner, Silver Nautilus Award in the Animals & Nature category
Winner, Grand Prize: Indie Book Awards in the Non-Fiction category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Science/Nature/Environment category
Winner, Indie Book Award in the Parenting/Family category
Winner, Silver Evergreen Medal in the Nature Conservation category
Winner, Green Book Festival Award in the How-To category
Shortlisted, 2016 Green Earth Book Award in the Young Adult Nonfiction category
Finalist, 2016 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Nature category
Sharing Nature with Children sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education. Now that classic has been completely rewritten, with many added new activities—and combined with Sharing Nature with Children II—to make a treasury of some of Joseph’s best-loved nature games for children and adults, in one complete volume: Sharing Nature.
Not just a book, this is a powerful approach to nature education. Fans of the original work will be excited by this new version of their beloved nature handbook, which incorporates the author’s latest insights. (Cornell drew upon a wealth of experience to significantly revise and expand this book.) New readers—including outdoor enthusiasts of all types and nature-based schools and instructors—will be enthralled by this phenomenal teaching tool.
Essential, easy to use, Sharing Nature is nature awareness made simple. It makes experiencing nature fun. An extraordinary resource for anyone who would like to get in touch with the land, trees, and mountains. This book is a treasure trove of games and activities that tap into our natural curiosity, imagination, and wonder. Give a friend or a child an experience of Nature and wildlife that he will remember the rest of his life.
Sharing Nature takes readers beyond their intellects and into their hearts, where true understanding and appreciation take place. The wildly popular nature activities in this book arouse a sense of mystery, and engender quiet attention, observation, and the possibility of revelation.
New nature games—and old favorites—and Cornell’s typically insightful commentary makes this new and quintessential version of this special classic even more valuable to nature enthusiasts worldwide. In page after page of innovative activities, Cornell’s unique blend of knowledge and warmth creates a contagious atmosphere for learning. Enjoy the color interior with 250 photos offering comprehensive easy-to-follow instructions.
The Sharing Nature movement has expanded to countries all over the globe. Cornell and his work have been recommended by the Boy Scouts of America, the American Camping Association, the National Audubon Society, Japan’s national school system, and many others.
Cornell also introduces his remarkable technique of Flow Learning, showing how to match nature activities to the interest and energy levels of participants and children, and to organize them in a way that works, placing them in thematic sequence to ensure a genuinely uplifting experience.
“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
“One of the greatest gifts we can give children of any age is a deep kinship with the living world. And one of the best places to start is with this wonderful book. In Sharing Nature, Joseph Cornell offers a treasure trove of games and activities that tap into children’s natural curiosity, imagination, and wonder. This is a delightful and indeed, essential guidebook for parents, teachers, and youth leaders.”
—Jean MacGregor, Environmental Educator, The Evergreen State College
“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 . . . and many others.”
—Southern Maryland Parent Line
“Cornell’s long-standing work and vision have nourished the roots of the emerging worldwide movement to reconnect children and nature.”
—Cheryl Charles, Past President and Co-Founder, Children & Nature Network
“Joseph Cornell is one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today.”
“Joseph Cornell brings to life his ‘Flow Learning’ teaching strategy in the 35th anniversary edition of Sharing Nature. This expanded volume reflects Cornell’s years of experience and refinement in using his nature games to create highly enriching field trip learning experiences for the thousands of students we’ve taken outdoors to connect with the natural world. His keen insight into the dynamics of learning, no matter one’s age, creates a more fruitful and lasting understanding of any nature topic.”
—Sue Eisaguirre, Founder & Executive Director NatureTrack Foundation
“The use of Flow Learning makes education about the environment a joy to teach. People’s faces light up with sheer joy and inner understanding.”
—David Tribe, Environmental Education Consultant, Department of Education, New South Wales, Australia
“I have been using Joseph Cornell’s ‘Sharing Nature’ activities with both children and adults for over thirty years. As a classroom teacher, environmental educator, and national park ranger, I often receive feedback, even years later, as to how important these experiences have been in people’s lives. Now Joseph has combined his two books, Sharing Nature with Children and Sharing the Joy of Nature, along with additional activities, into one volume, with a fresh new format. This book should be an essential part of every teacher’s, naturalist’s, and parent’s library. It is a treasure for those who strive to inspire children to enjoy and embrace the wonder of our natural world.”
—Frank Helling, U.S. National Park naturalist, storyteller, and educator
“With his brilliant and innovative style of storytelling, Joseph Cornell has made nature education fun for learners. This book will be loved by students, teachers, and nature enthusiasts alike, in every part of the globe.”
—S.P. Yadav, Indian Forest Service, Assistant Secretary General, Global Tiger Forum
“This classic volume belongs on any short list of the most important environmental books—instead of dire warnings or policy prescriptions, it offers the gift of a more direct connection to the natural world. That connection, once made, is one of the things that can power the movement we need!”
—Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org, author of Deep Economy
“The Sharing Nature approach and games not only reconnect us with nature, but also with the profound natural wisdom of our planetary ancestors.”
—Sky Lau, Founder, Gaia Association, Hong Kong
“The book that infuses joy, direct experience, and love into environmental education.” —Janet Carrier Ady, Senior Program and Policy Advisor, National Conservation Training Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service
“I use the activities in this book with my university students (preservice teachers and naturalists in training) every semester. Why? Because it’s accessible, fun, engaging, thoughtfully designed, and an excellent introduction to inquiry-based, hands-on, cooperative learning.”
—Rocky Rohwedder, Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Science, Sonoma State University