CJ #1: What does the environment mean to me?

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My connections with the environment have been few and far between but the connections I have had with the environment have been memorable. I often contribute the thoughts of what the environment means to me with being outside and in nature. I often think of nature being outdoors with the sounds and smells of nature. I think of the environment as a place where animals are able to live peacefully. I see the environment as a place to escape and be able to unwind and unplug.

While I haven’t had too many large moments spent with the environment, I have had many small moments spent with the environment. From the time I was little I spent a lot of time playing outdoor long after dark in the summer and have spent many times only coming into the house to get warm in the winter.

One large experience I have had with environmental education was in high school when I registered for the offered Outdoor Education class. Through taking this class, I spent a semester preparing for two specific trips, one to Kananaskis Alberta for a bike trip and one to Northern Saskatchewan for a canoe trip. The preparation for this class included many class times spent outside in the park either biking on the paths or canoeing the river paths.

Much like Robin Wall Kimmerer’s story I had the opportunity to experience Environmental Education like her students by actually going outside in the environment to have a hands-on experience. I understand the benefit from actually learning based on experience rather than just readings in the classroom. While I do understand some learning has to be done in the classroom the hands-on experience can more beneficial to students.

(Also check out the site I had help drawing the nature scene!)

One thought on “CJ #1: What does the environment mean to me?”

  1. Hi Rebecca!
    First off, I loved the what you all covered in your blog. You discussed multiple things which allows a reader like me to find lots of things to connect to!

    I love this comment you made, “While I haven’t had too many large moments spent with the environment, I have had many small moments spent with the environment. ” Because I think this is true for so many people. A lot of us don’t get the opportunities to spend say a week in just a tent enjoying the environment. Instead, we have the small moments where we stop to smell the roses or what not.

    And it sounds like you had awesome opportunities with your Outdoor Ed class! I’m jealous. Although, In February I’m going on a trip with my mom for a couple days and we are going to explore the Kananaskis/Canmore regions! So I’m really looking forward to that? Any spots I should check out? And good tie in to Kimmerer’s story relating it to your own experience. 🙂

    Lastly, I really like your visual! I also have that link bookmarked because that looks like a helpful resource for someone like me who has like no drawing skills! haha I could really get a sense for what you’ve seen of the environment, and what it means to you.

    Have a great week!

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