Nature Interpretation in the Nordic Countries
Nature interpretation in the Nordic countries is a book about communication between nature interpreters and their participants in our landscapes. It´s about first hand experiences of nature and the importance of to paying attention to what is inspiring and fascinating, especially valuable or threatened. And about possibilities to reflect over the relation between human and nature.
Educators, researchers and interpreters contribute with articles about nature interpretation it theory and practice. The book is written for everyone who is interested in how interpretation can contribute to a sustainable future, nature conservation and areas in society like public health, democracy and the right for all citizens to visit and experience nature. The purpose is to inspire nature interpreters to offer more and even better experiences and learning in the Nordic nature and cultural landscapes.
Download the book for free as a pdf at the website for Nordic cooperation.
Landscape Dialogues - a guide
Landscape Dialogues has been created for people interested in communication of changes to landscape and the relationship between people and nature; in developing planning formats, consultation and highlighting all of the landscape’s values. Regardless of whether they are from universities, non-profit organisations or municipalities, nature interpreters have traditionally assumed the role of experts who lecture about and present the natural values of an area to an audience.
However, nature interpreters can also act as discussion leaders. They can help participants catch sight of the landscape and its values of all dimensions and, not least, to convey a dialogue of how the landscape can be managed in a sustainable way for the future. This guide explains why more nature interpreters need to do this, and what the procedures can involve.
- Download Landscape Dialogues (pdf, 3 MB)
- Download Landscape Dialogues (pdf for print, 19 MB)
- This publication is also available in Swedish.
Nature Interpretation for Children and Young People in the Nordic Countries
This TEMA-Nord report (2013) is a result of a one-year Nordic project in which the SNCI participated. The primary goal of the project was 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.
Among other things, this report discusses 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.