On this week’s podcast, I talk with Minnesota naturalist Claire Dobie about the job of a nature-based educator. It’s an interesting gig and one I know well, as I did some version of nature-based education for more than a decade before switching over to classroom-focused work.
We naturalists, interpreters, rangers, and others who teach in wild or outdoor spaces have always felt that there’s something just special about them. And, indeed, nature-based education has been widely researched as a way to build up learner interest. The caveat, though, is that nature is not equally welcoming to all students, especially those who have personally or culturally been ostracized from natural spaces. I explore both the good and the bad in this week’s jargon blog post: The Nature of Nature-Based Education!
“I Don’t Know”
Claire and I had an especially fun talk about why interpretive naturalists (and, in fact, teachers in general) should say “I don’t know” a lot. I liked the conversation so much, in fact, that I took it for the topic of this week’s blog post: Why Teachers Should Say “I Don’t Know”. Check it out and let me know what you think!