The participants (children, youth and active adults) will lie down on the grass, preferably on a slope. With bodies stiff as logs, and arms extended above their heads, they begin to roll down the slope. They can stop at the desired time. It can be done in an urban or rural environment, as long as the grass does not contain stones or other harmful objects.
Participants select a space of their own in an area of the lawn and mark it with a ribbon or string, about one foot in diameter in a circle or any geometric figure of their choice. They lie down to closely observe only what they find in this area. They are then provided with a magnifying glass or rolled up paper to take a closer look at the world beneath their feet.
Having observed the miniature things in God's creation, they pause. Cease your efforts to observe the natural. They are placed in a comfortable position, even in the midst of God's creation, and are invited to contemplate the supernatural and to list the little things that God has placed in their lives, however small they may be. After a time of silence, you are invited to walk on the lawn or field you have just explored. In awe and gratitude to God for this world beneath your feet, you pray aloud.
The “run and collect” (known as plogging in Sweden) is a new sporting modality, which unites the practice of sport with love for the environment: it is about going for a run and picking up the waste that one comes across along the way. The term is the result of the fusion of the popular English word 'running' and the Swedish expression 'plocka upp', which means to pick up."(Palou, 2018) It is modified a bit "plogging" as everyone stands in a straight line, side by side. They are going to walk the entire field, always keeping in a straight line and picking up any trash they find along the way.
In this collection we present the activities organized by Ecological Theme. An ecological theme can be: some object of nature: trees, clouds, or stones. It can also focus on a habitat such as water, forest, or sand. The ecological theme could investigate flora or fauna such as ants, hummingbirds, plants, or owls. You select the theme according to the element in your environment that you want to explore.
The unique factor of this collection is that in addition to organizing the activities into ecological themes, each Theme contains a sequence of five activities. This sequence is based on cutting-edge pedagogy that transforms children’s apathy toward nature into joy by having them play, observe, experiment, admire the Creator, and even take action to conserve nature. This system is called: Fluid Learning® (Used under license from Flow Learning® by Sharing Nature Worldwide). It traditionally has four stages, but for the purposes of this collection the fourth has been amended and a fifth stage has been added.
Explore by Stage
Stages of the Flow Learning Process
In this collection we present the activities organized in a structured way to create learning that flows1 from one stage to another and there are five. When doing the sequence of activities, you go from play to close observation to involvement in conservation.
Offering Direct Experience
Worshiping the Creator
Acting as Stewards of Creation
When you find an ecological topic of your interest and possibilities to explore, follow this sequence, and you will discover that the activities will generate appreciation, joy, gratitude and response to the beauty of creation.
(1) Cornell, JB, & Mané, P. (1982). Live nature with children. Editions 29.