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A quick introduction

Practice brief


This practice brief gives a quick introduction that summarises everything you need to know about the concept of Nature Intelligence, why it is important, and how it can be applied in working with young people. It is available in English, Italian, Dutch, Czech and Slovenian.

Theoretical framework

Conceptual model, measurement scale and critical success factors


In this report we provide the theoretical foundation for the concept of Nature Intelligence. It consists of four parts. In the first part we give an overview of theories on the concept of intelligence in general, and theories on concepts related to Nature Intelligence. In the second part,  we present a conceptual model of Nature Intelligence based on  theoretical insights  and hands-on-experience from youth organisations. In the third part we describe how we developed a scale to measure Nature Intelligence. Finally, in the fourth part we discuss insights from research on nature-based education that shed light on the critical success factors  for promoting  Nature Intelligence. This report is available in English only.

Theoretical applications in youth work

Exploring applications in field of youth work


In this publication we explore how the concept of nature intelligence, as proposed in our theoretical framework, can be applied in the field of youth work. We aim to place the concept into a broader theoretical background by exploring the flower model and each of its four domains from a youth work setting. By doing this we also hope to give credit to the wonderful work already done in the youth work sector and connect it to current practices and traditions that address similar aims of fostering a strong human-nature connection. 

This report is available in English only.

Manual for youth workers

Nature as a teacher in youth work


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.

Nature Intelligence for youth workers

A youth worker training course curriculum


This curriculum describes an example of a course to train youth workers and educators who want to promote Nature Intelligence in their practice. It focuses on developing the professional competencies  of those who already have experience in non-formal education and in facilitating experiential learning. The emphasis here is on including NQ themes and approaches in education activities. This report is available in English only.




With this 36-item  paper-and-pencil test you can discover your own unique Nature Intelligence profile. The test is currently available in English, Italian, and Dutch.

An online version (in Dutch only) can be found here.