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Education in nature

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Education is crucially important for developing an integrated approach to the environment, with the emphasis on developing a sensitive approach to the environment, developing integrated thinking and actions, activating intuitive thinking, using of feeling as a tool for perceiving and seeing the world, and developing creativity and innovation.

Heritage is the wealth of knowledge and presents a learning challenge for children and adults. Outdoor learning methods bind us to the environment and lead to an active search for knowledge and challenges for learning. For a number of years we have been developing methods for teaching through heritage in a variety of projects and education programmes for teachers, pre-school teachers and other groups.

Through the flexible organisation of lessons in an open learning environment, educational institutions are connected to various stakeholders within the environment, such as heritage experts, informal education professionals and societies. Parents and the general public are also involved in the learning and teaching process. This encourages the flow of knowledge, experience and practice (intergenerational learning) and the functioning of an interconnected community. Schools and nursery schools therefore become part of the local community and active co-creators of values within the environment.