5 Easy Tips for Helping Students to Connect with Nature this FallAug 31, 2020 ● By Gina Iliopoulos
Photo courtesy of Keeler Gardens
- Pick a garden or green space, with each student choosing a spot in that space. Regularly visit that place and spot and note what is happening, what is growing, what is flying around and what has changed since the last visit. This is an opportunity to experience the natural space.
- Draw anything nature-related. Start with something easy—a leaf or petal—and if inspired, move to more advanced efforts.
- Follow the life cycle of one plant. Note how it grows over time, when it blooms, what pollinators like it and how it produces and distributes seeds.
- Find wildlife and watch them forage, drink, fly, crawl and interact.
- Plant herbs and experience the scents and flavors.
Staying connected to the natural world during COVID-19 is critical, and the resources we discover during this emergency will provide a lifetime of potential learning experiences after it is over.
Gina Iliopoulos is the founder and chief horticultural specialist of Keeler Gardens, located at 3631 N. Keeler Ave., in Chicago, which offers direct and extended programming for a nature connection. View interactive live videos at Facebook.com/KeelerGardens. For more information, email [email protected] or visit KeelerGardens.org.
Nonprofit Keeler Gardens offers a much-needed connection with nature on the North Side of Chicago in the form of a native pollinator habitat that is open to the public, right on the sidewalk in a residential neighborhood. The space is an active, abundant source of activity for students in need of unique learning opportunities to improve the health and sustainability of urban community life through environmental experiences, supporting diversity and youth development and building a love of nature.