Jai Hamid Bashir and Sean Goss, members of the Natural Leaders community through the Children & Nature Network, will lead this Walk. As trained Natural Leaders who attended the Natural Leaders Legacy Camp in Bainbridge Island, Washington in the Fall of 2013, we are hoping to utilize the tools and visions we gleaned from this camp to help children and youth of the Salt Lake Valley to get outdoors for the Children & Nature Network’s “Let’s G.O.” initiative.
Our effort is to put together an event that combines the mission of the late and esteemed urban ecologist and social thinker, Jane Jacobs, and children and nature. Our hope is by hosting this event we can expand our community’s ideas and vocabulary about nature and the environment, and help illustrate that being outdoors can be fun, insightful, and meaningful through a three-pronged vision of explore, observe, and connect.
A “share-out” will be a way for participants to share their observations, feelings and ideas as the walk progresses. It is also a time for reflection on the what, why, how, and when.
We will have group introductions through a very quick and easy ice-breaker, groups will be organized, student leaders assigned, and agenda explained. Sean and Jai will introduce themselves, and go through safety and expectations. An introduction of the “exploration” aspect will be quickly discussed. Student leaders will then ask participants to explore by taking pictures, collecting non-organic materials, and discussing the place (geography, weather, initial reactions). A portion of the walk will focus on using the senses to really absorb the surroundings—natural, organic, inorganic, built and non-built.
Time(s): 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
- BEGIN at Utah State Capitol Building (350 N. State Street)
- END at Memory Grove Park (375 120 E)
Host: Jai Hamid Bashir and Sean Goss, Children & Nature Network
Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to Seniors, Children.
Registration: No, all are welcome.