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Nature Interpretation for Children and Young People in the Nordic Countries

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This TEMA-Nord report is a result of a one-year project with all of the Nordic countries participating. The primary goal of the project has been to collect, develop and mediate a series of good examples of how nature interpretation, aimed at children and young people, can encourage children's understanding of nature, and inspire them to involve themselves with questions on humans nature and thus help contribute to sustainable development. Several issues should be considered when planning nature interpretation activities if nature interpretation aims to lead to sustainable development. These points of view are concerned especially with how nature interpreters can encourage children and young people to take ownership, to be involved with their body and mind, and to reflect and put the experience and the activities in nature into a wider context.

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Make a Lasting Impact with Your Nature Interpretation – Enhance the Feeling of Ownership

We share a lot of information when we have visitors to our place or on a tour. But how much is retained them when they leave us? And how committed will visitors remain in relation to the questions we tried to promote? A part of a fruitful strategy is having knowledge of mechanisms that can enhance a feeling of ownership to the questions we address during a visit. This isn’t rocket science, but is often neglected in many initiatives and daily activities.

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