Nature Interpretation in the Nordic Countries

A Book about Experiences, Learning, Reflection and Participation When People and Nature Meet

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Nature interpretation in the Nordic countries is a book about communication between nature interpreters and their participants in our landscapes. It's about first hand experiences of nature and the importance of to paying attention to what is inspiring and fascinating, especially valuable or threatened. And about possibilities to reflect over the relation between human and nature. Educators, researchers and interpreters contribute with articles about nature interpretation it theory and practice. The book is written for everyone who is interested in how interpretation can contribute to a sustainable future, nature conservation and areas in society like public health, democracy and the right for all citizens to visit and experience nature. The purpose is to inspire nature interpreters to offer more and even better experiences and learning in the Nordic nature and cultural landscapes.



Nature Interpretership

In many countries, the Nordic countries included, there has been a kind of shift in how nature interpreters regard their role. Fundamental to this is a change away from an idea of nature interpretation as a science based, one-way communication about concrete natural phenomena, specific to the location, with clear messages from sender to receiver. Instead there is increased focus on a type of communication that is dialogue-based, facilitating and experimental. Communication working towards engaging the participants' senses, feelings and understanding. This chapter, and the articles in it, describes why it is important to focus on the participants – in both planning and implementation.


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