Germany & Central Europe
In the 1970s and 1980s, nature education in Germany and Central Europe was focused on the severe environmental issues facing the region. But educators began to notice that children were shying away from nature, because they felt overwhelmed by the problems.
When Sharing Nature® with Children was published in Germany in 1981, it offered young people positive experiences of nature through joyful, uplifting games. Soon after Joseph shared his message at a major European environmental educa-tion conference, Sharing Nature began to spread rapidly through-out Europe. Today, Sharing Na-ture books have been published in 13 European countries.
In Central Europe, the Hessian Nature Conservancy Academy sponsors yearly Sharing Nature workshop tours, organized by Bernhard Neugirg. Joseph has taught 60 all-day seminars in German-speaking countries for 2,500 influential educators.
To help adults experience nature more deeply, in 2003 Joseph and the Academy began offering Inner Nature workshops that blend nature activities with meditation. Also in 2003, Joseph received the prestigious German “Ways of Nature Education” prize, pre-sented by Count and Countess Bernadotte.
Country coordinator Peter Wiborn and educators at Swedish Nature Schools have inspired thousands of children and adults with Sharing Nature activities.
GERMANY: Bernhard Neugirg
Phone: (49) 6441 924 8014
Fax: (49) 6441 924 8048
Address: Naturschutz-Zentrum Hessen
SWEDEN: Peter Wiborn
NETHERLANDS: Anne Mijke van Harten
PORTUGAL: Monica Franco
Phone: 00 351 - 912261666
Address: Associação Movimento Bloom
Rua Sacadura Cabral º 352
2765-551 S. Pedro Estoril
Countess Bernadotte and Joseph Cornell
In 2003, Joseph Cornell received the Countess Bernadotte Prize awarded by the German Horticulture Association for his tremendous influence on nature education in Central Europe.