Activity Guide Training

¥ 1,500.00 1500.0 CNY
Not Participant
¥ 390.00 390.0 CNY
Activity Guide + EFR
¥ 2,200.00 2200.0 CNY
(Optional) Friday B&B
¥ 150.00 150.0 CNY
(Optional) Friday dinner
¥ 80.00 80.0 CNY
(Optional) Sunday Kayak
¥ 400.00 400.0 CNY
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@Parrot Tree

Get an intensive weekend training with the Green Steps' staff!

Learn how to lead activities from our curriculum with confidence through a good balance of theory and hands-on experience.

Take the first step to dive in the rewarding profession of environmental education, prepare to accompany us during the upcoming season of Green Steps Activity.


In a world where day by day the youth gets digitalized at an early age, alienated by academic burden and distanced from outdoor wilderness, we believe it is crucial that more adults are empowered to guide children towards ancient lore, environmental awareness and a new kind of education that envisions a civilization in harmony with each other and the planet.

We believe in lifelong learning and the mentor-disciple relationship. It unfolds in our training and in our activities in a threefold manner. Master trainers train nature guides, nature guides train activity participants, and we always continue to learn from our students who quite often teach the most important lessons.

We are great fans of community-driven, collaborative learning and use appropriate technology only to distribute materials. Online learning may work well for some, but we are all about building real connections to nature and people.


    • An easy onboarding to one of the most meaningful professions: education

    • Get qualified to lead Green Steps activities.

    • Connect with a growing network of nature educators and learning communities both in China and abroad.

    • Gain confidence to use the outdoors as a classroom.

    • Make a positive impact in your community helping the younger ones get in touch with local Nature.

    • Experience a holistic pedagogic approach to outdoor environmental education.


    • Parents who want to be confident to lead their children into a sound 21st century.

    • Educators who want to increase their resources in using the outdoors as a classroom.

    • Adults interested in holistic education and alternatives to the current academic model.

    • Adults looking for a new and meaningful career.


    Pre-course assignments:
    read an article, answer three questions, complete a short research linked to the course content (estimated time: 2h)

    Course theory
    Introduction of Green Steps method (estimated: 6h)

    Course practise
    practical activities and discussions about the theory part; follow the "Observe–Assist–Lead" approach to gain progressive experience on the Green Steps method (estimated: 6h)

    (estimated: 6h)

    TOTAL TIME: 30h

    Course Schedule

    15:00  Early check-in at Parrot Tree starts
    17:00  Early check-in at Parrot Tree ends
    18:00  Dinner


    08:00  Breakfast
    09:00  Check-in at the Parrot Tree
    09:30  Course intro
    10:00  Green Steps Method (20 credits)
    12:00  Lunch
    13:30  GS Activity Model - Plants & Friends (5 credits)
    14:00  Plants & Friends walk (40 credits)

    16:00  Three period lesson & nature journal (5 credits)
    17:30  Dinner
    19:00  Documentary screening & group sharing (20 credits)


    08:00  Breakfast
    09:00  Plants & Friends preparation
    12:00  Lunch
    13:30  ARK Concept introduction
    14:00  Bioregional concept

    14:30  Final Sharing
    15:00  End

    Items in green are optional.
    Check the ticketing options on the top of the page.


          1,500 CNY/participant (included: course fee, 3 meals, accommodation 1 night and breakfast)

          390 CNY/non participant (includes 3 meals, accommodation for 1 night and breakfast)

          You can bring your children under 3 years free of charge!

          Special package: Book Activity Guide + next EFR course for 2,200 CNY (get a 10% discount)
          Next EFR date: 31st October 2020 at Agora Space (downtown Shanghai).

          Arrive Friday 11th Sept afternoon
          150 CNY/adult (accommodation with breakfast)
          80 CNY/adult (dinner)
          400 CNY/adult (Sunday afternoon Kayak Waterplants)

          How to get to Parrot Tree?

          Line 17 all the way to the terminal station: Oriental Land
          Subway terminal Oriental Land 东方泸州站
          Taxi to Cenbo village (cost ~40 CNY)

          Get in at the Danshui Road stop, cross-road with Middle Huaihai Road.
          Bus name: 沪南高速专线
          Bus stop: 淡水路(靠近淮海中路)
          It's near South Huangpi Road subway station (Line 1)
          Get off at the Jingze bus station 金泽镇公交车站
          Taxi to Cenbo village (cost ~30 CNY)

          Private car:
          Parking spots are available if you come with your own car. We are happy to provide you with directions. However, we support using public transportation.

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          Why do we provide this training?

          Collaboration instead of competition
          We have reached a bottleneck in human evolution and need to shift our learning focus away from competition and towards collaboration. Climate change and a widening wealth gap are two symptoms of the same root cause.

          Unfolding the human potential
          We practice cultural unlearning with the sole objective of unfolding human potential by growing empathy for the environment.

          Montessori 2.0
          We are deeply influenced by Dr. Maria Montessori’s pedagogical anthropology and have no ties to conventional methods of teaching. We believe that education has to be reformed in regard to time, space, and attitude.

          Reduction of teacher / student ratio
          We believe that teaching is above all observation. In order to be able to observe, teacher-student ratios need to be significantly reduced and the number of teachers substantially increased.

          Unleash your own potential!
          Not everybody who has a talent for teaching can take a full academic degree; many people don’t even realize that they would be great teachers and we know that there are many out there impacted by our education system who'd rather stay away from anything that resembles school.

          No academic training needed
          We therefore encourage everybody with and without formal teacher training to join either our short Activity Guide program or the full Nature Guide program and stay in touch with us to spread empathy for the environment.

          Support of existing nature learning initiatives
          If you have already started to develop your own course content, get in touch with us, and discuss how we can cooperate to strengthen your natural learning community.

          The 3 Cs

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          The sparkle of our learning journey

          When one approaches the world with an eager mind to understand it, learning becomes fun. As an ever-growing tree, knowledge always finds room to enlarge its roots and bear new fruits.

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          A kind heart is our best companion

          Happiness is a state of mind that starts from the inside. We celebrate life with gratitude towards the planet and contribute to making this world a better place for everyone. Stewardship for the planet starts early-age.

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          Sharing our self with the world

          Our ability to connect ideas is linked to how confident we feel to fail and try again. Creating a positive environment where participants feel free to experiment and try new things is crucial to nurture someone's confidence.

          Green Steps Triple Focus

          Ecological mind

          Explore the environment with a scientific mindset, understand the laws of nature and learn how to interact with the wilderness in safe and responsible ways.

          Interpersonal mind

          Experience nature as a space to build awareness, respect, and compassion towards each other.  Renew old and make new friendships in nature’s many playgrounds.

          Intrapersonal mind

          Unwind in nature from busy school schedules, detach from screens and find what you are naturally drawn to. Build self-confidence and find your element.

          Our Nature Guides

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          MS Marine Biology degree from Spain University, Master in sustainable tourism management from the International Institute of Environmental Education, Montessori Early Childhood certified educator from North American Montessori Center. CEO and founder of Green Steps. Designer of environmental education activities and eco-tourism itineraries in China since 2011. Former mountain rescue officer. With over 10 years of experience as a diving instructor, first aid instructor, and swimming coach.

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          Postgraduate Degree in Business Management from Manchester Metropolitan University UK, and Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as a foreign language from East China Normal University, with a focus on deeper learning strategies. First Aid certified. Over 12 years of experience in the Charity/NGO sector as a board director, project coordinator, teacher trainer, and active volunteer for environmental education, disabled children, and migrant children projects. Teaching environmental topics in Chinese Primary schools and International Schools. Green Steps Nature Guide.

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          ESL English Teacher with a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certified teacher with a Teaching English to Young Learners specialization. First Aid certified. Having grown up on a rural farm she shares lots of knowledge about plants and first-hand experiences of the natural world, making her lessons fun and colorful. She is passionate about experiential education and uses creativity everything at hand to create engaging experiences. 


          All Green Steps Nature Guides are trained as First Aid providers, with internationally recognized certification, completed within the last 24 months.

          Please inform us during the booking process if there is any medical condition that you think we should be aware of to maintain appropriate safety during this camp. You can reach us at 

          Examples: asthma, allergies, recent injuries, behavioural issues, strong fears, etc.


          Our program takes place even in case of light rain; in case of heavy rain or storm, we will keep participants updated for alternative activities, rescheduling, or potential cancellation using the WeChat group established for every single activity.

          In case of rain make sure your child brings a spare set of dry clothes secured inside a dry bag, a light raincoat.

          Photos & Videos:

          For every session, there will be a selection of photos and/or videos from the activities shared with the participants’ group via WeChat.

          The media materials collected may be used in our social media for marketing purposes, if you wish not to appear in our public posts please let us know during the event.

          Participants need to bring:

          Comfortable sports clothes, light, and quick to dry.

          Reusable bottle of water 300 ml to 500 ml.

          Hiking shoes or solid sports shoes (we walk muddy paths inside the forest)

          Small backpack for carrying own equipment.

          Be mindful of the ongoing season (i.e. bring a raincoat and an additional set of clothes in case of rain, bring sun protection in case of sunny day, bring mosquito repellent in the hot season, etc.)


          Appropriate behaviour:

          We expect all participants and Green Steps staff to engage in respectful, compassionate, kind behaviour, and respectful communication with each other. We prevent and avoid the use of violence (verbal and physical by any staff and participant). In case of repeated behavioural issues that affect safety and others' well being or non-following the Green Steps staff instructions, a participant may be excluded from the program, in this case, fees are not refunded.


          The program is facilitated in English & Chinese. This is not a language class, the objective of our communication is that concepts are understood and that participants have fun while maintaining appropriate safety measures.

          Gathering location:

          Meeting at the Parrot Tree

          Transportation is not included

          Booking, Cancellation & Fees:

          Booking requires full payment using the registration link here provided (top of the page).

          100% refund for cancellation earlier than 7 days before the start of the event.

          50% refund for cancellation 7 days or less before the start of the event.

          No refund for cancellation 24h or less before the start of the event.

          If the activity gets canceled for major events (government notice, site notice, weather alert, or other) a full refund will be provided to participants.

          Included in the program fee:
          Activities, equipment, teacher fees, entry fee to activity site (if any).

          The ticket does not include:
          Snacks, eventual transportation fees, insurance.

          Need help?

          Ask us more questions!

          Come and meet us:

          Make an appointment and meet our Shanghai Nature Guide team in our Shanghai downtown office. Share with us your questions and concerns. We are more than happy to explain our protam to you in more detail.

          Green Steps Shanghai Address:

          Shanghai, Xuhui District, Panyu Road 1199, building 3, 101 Office.


          It's near Yishan Road subway station (Line 3-4)

          Contact us:

          phone: (86) 134 2499 8471


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          Green Steps

          Green Steps connects people with nature. We design and implement experiential activities to increase respect and understanding for Mother Earth. We teach hands-on natural sciences using the outdoors as a playground and laboratory.  We provide families, schools and companies with a personalized solution to develop environmental knowledge.

          Date & Time

          September 11, 2020

          Start - 3:00 PM Sunday

          September 13, 2020

          End - 3:00 PM Asia/Shanghai

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