Joseph Cornell is one of the most highly regarded nature educators in the world today. Being with him in nature is a memorable event because of his obvious joy being in nature and his love for the Earth. In the late 1970s, Cornell’s book introduced “nature games” in which nature is the teacher games that inform, inspire, and are just plain fun. Almost two decades later, with about 500,000 copies of Sharing Nature with Children sold in 15 languages, and many thousands of his other books, “Sharing Nature” has become not just a book, but a worldwide approach to nature education.
Cornell says, “I wrote my first book, Sharing Nature with Children because I passionately wanted others to know about these wonderful games, and this exciting way of teaching. Since the book’s publication, it’s been a joy to see thousands of people embrace its activities and philosophy with enthusiasm equal to mine.”
Why such universal appeal? “I believe it’s because in addition to teaching ecology creatively,” Cornell says, “these games help people experience a profound sense of joy, serenity, and belonging to the natural world. Nature activities help people to tune into something very deep inside themselves. The games provide a wonderful glimpse into another way of being.”