Nature as a teacher in youth work


Manual for youth workers


We developed a manual for youth workers, educators, administrators, volunteers, or programme developers who want to use ‘nature as a teacher’ to enrich the quality and impact of non-formal education programmes. The manual is divided into three parts. The first part gives you the content for working with Nature Intelligence (or its abbreviation NQ) in your organisation. After a brief introduction to the concept of NQ, we describe four unique principles for how you can facilitate NQ in youth work: wholenessdiversitycycles and forces. In the the second part we share with you four inspirational narratives from our own  field work with young people. In the third part we present a stepwise approach for how to integrate the concept of NQ in non-formal education programmes. For each step specific actions are specified along with a description of outcomes. These outcomes help you to evaluate whether the steps and actions have been completed successfully. You can download the report in English, and it will soon be available in Italian, Dutch, Czech and Slovene.