Doorways to Empathy: Storytelling and the Natural World
Shared experiences create empathy. Using the power of story ~ identification through a shared narrative ~ we discover ways to help audiences travel from an “it” to a “thou” model all the while sourcing our own stories about the natural world. This workshop uses a combination of lecture demonstration and active exercises sure to get everyone participating. This master-class is for teachers, nature workshop educators, naturalists, interpreters and all those who love the natural world.
Storytelling in Nature and Science Education
This workshop explores the many ways stories build imaginative bridges to the natural world. Using examples from over twenty years of collecting and creating educational nature tales, Diane focuses on how original and folkloric stories can enhance nature and science presentations. Exercises center on incorporating narrative into factual studies, brainstorming anecdotal nature tales, creating educational tales and enhancing folkloric nature tales from various cultures. Lecture/demonstration, participatory exercises and question and answer time will all be included An extensive bibliography of tellable-tales that link story and scientific facts will be provided.
Stories for an Earth Ethic: Storytelling in Environmental Education
Through all cultures and all epochs, storytelling has been used as a means of transmitting values and ethics to the young. This workshop will give environmental educators many stories and storytelling exercises they can use to reconnect children with the feelings behind the facts that can lead to an earth ethic. Using humor and heart we will identify problem areas and blind spots and drawing from contemporary authors, created tales and folktales find specific stories to address these concerns.
– Gail Herman Ph.D Festival Organizer and Enrichment Consultant