Naturtrainer (Nature trainer - promoting environmental awareness in daycares and kindergardens)

The "Training to become a nature trainer" qualifies senior citizens for nature education in order to teach young people in daycares and kindergardens environmental and nature awareness as early as possible in line with the United Nations programme "Education for Sustainable Development" (ESD).

Within the framework of 8-12 workshops over a period of 12-16 months, the volunteers learn how to teach environmental topics suitable for children (e.g. nature experience games, animal lifestyles, cooking with wild herbs or the production of natural cosmetics) as well as practical measures to promote biological diversity in cooperation with educators.

Already during the workshops, the senior citizens are involved with their know-how in a kindergarten of their choice. The content of the training can thus be tested directly in the day care centres. The practical experiences from the day-to-day running of the day care centre are exchanged in the training group. Nature trainers support each other by networking the participants with each other and between different years of training.

Children learn about the importance of biological diversity for humans and nature and develop an awareness of sustainability at an early stage. The cross-generational project also contributes to strengthening the social life of senior citizens and promoting the social behaviour of children.

The project is supported by the NABU state associations of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia and the NAJU state association of Baden-Württemberg. There is an intensive exchange of experience and knowledge between the project executing agencies and with recognised centres for ESD. All the federal states mentioned are planning to continue the project.

How to find us

NABU Regional Office NRW
Völklinger road 7 - 9
40210 Düsseldorf
Opening hours Mo, Th, Fr 10 - 16 hrs each
Mr. Michael Schoch

Taste, smell, feel - children discover new things in the garden. Photo: Robert Egeling
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