"Connect with Nature, Connect with the World"
Summer Environmental Workshop 2002
On day one of the workshop, Research Manager Mr. FURUSE Koji from the Center for Environmental Studies, one of the pioneers of environmental education in Japan, demonstrated several outdoor environmental experiences. Amidst the drizzling rain and vivid green of surrounding rice paddies, participants learned many different ways to introduce nature to children.
Mike Hull, principal of a small village school in Alaska, offered participants a broad perspective on not only America, but a special place, Alaska, and the remote village he resides in. Children in the village are adjusting to modern life, but Mr. Hull says he is teaching students traditional methods of hunting beavers and moose. Participants watched his presentation while eating smoked salmon and thought about the relationships between humans and nature.@
Pam Solvie expressed the importance of experiential and community oriented learning amidst America's increasingly test oriented curriculum, while Katherine Walker spoke of the importance of environmental education at the kindergarten level.
In addition to finding concrete themes such as water, food and community during discussions, participants engaged in heated debate and even discussed creating ways that corporations and citizens can be involved in education.
As part of the 3 day and 4 night workshop, participants made local dishes representing their local areas. Having several dishes from various locations in the United States and "chirashi-zushi" (a kind of sushi), participants directly experienced one anotherfs food cultures which led them to see how deeply rooted our foods in culture and the environment.
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