Autumn Program 3-6 (Otters)
Autumn program - Sunday morning half-day sessions
Exploring Otter is a program with 10 sessions for 3-6 year-old children, designed to learn hands-on natural science and outdoor skills.
Fall... in love with Nature!
but by attending the program on a regular basis children start to recognize some of the wildlife around them,
understand the life-cycle of plants and some basic outdoor skills such as orientation, simple agriculture, wildfire cooking, etc.
We use a combination of Montessori, Forest School, and experiential learning methodologies to provide comprehensive, personalized, and engaging educational activities that nurture love, respect, and stewardship for the environment.
we believe that learning should be FUN!
Every Sunday morning we go on a different adventure where we explore Shanghai’s nature and discover the local wildlife.
ON SUNDAYS 9AM - 12PM
Plants & Friends
Plants & Friends
Plants & Friends
Highlighted activities are past events.
COSTS & TICKETS
Each session lasts 3h or until children are tired, or hungry.
1 SESSION: 400 CNY/1 child + 1 adult (optional)
1 SESSION: 200 CNY/ additional adult
5 SESSIONS: book 5 events, get a 5% discount
FULL PROGRAM: book all 10 events and get a 10% discount
FULL YEAR: book all events + the upcoming Spring program, get a 15% discount
Tickets include all activity equipment, facilitation, and entry ticket to activity location.
During these sessions we strongly recommend that one of the parents is present for children aged 3 and 4, especially when it is a new activity for the child.
At this age, children may still enjoy the reassurance of their parent taking actively part in the activity with them. It is also a good opportunity to strengthen the bond between parent and child, providing a new world of games and activities beyond the activity experience that can be continued in other places with the parents.
Parents can allow for less support as their child becomes more comfortable with the activity, especially if the child joins multiple activities and becomes more familiar with the process
The first hours, sometimes sessions, of this program are often challenging for the younger ones if they did not have previous experience with spending time outdoors.
It may take time and a few activities and games for the children to build up their confidence and get familiar with the new environments, the Nature Guide staff and other participants.
Children aged 5 or 6 may participate without parental support, however, parents are welcome throughout all activities designed for this age group of 3-6 years old.
Children tickets only include one adult. If a second adult wishes to join as a parent or caregiver, you are welcome to book an additional adult ticket.
In the locations where we run activities, there sometimes are cafés and rest areas where parents might like to stay reading or working while the half-day program unfolds, then pick their child up at the end.
For our younger participants (aged 3 and 4), however, it is still recommended that one adult joins throughout the session.
Explore City Parks less walked paths to spot its secret colorful wildlife. Learn to find your way among forest and rocky grounds, developing balance and coordination.
Reveal the artist inside you, connect with your creative mind, assess and express your emotions while using natural elements and inspiration from the local environment.
Get surprised with shapes, diversity and behaviors of the insects around us, and learn to love and respect these incredible animals for their crucial role in our environment.
Glide along the canals of Qingpu, learn the basics of an ecofriendly way of transportation. Reach closer to the abundant bird life and explore the secret parts of the wetland.
Respect natural resources by learning the journey of food from farm to table. Train basic survival skills by cooking on a campfire. Enjoy a healthy meal made with your hands.
Use the growing confidence with the environment and the knowledge about wildlife to follow the clues through this playful quest for a hidden treasure.
The whole program is designed with activities that are age appropriate for 3 to 6 years old children.
After a few sessions in this program children are prepared for their first camping experience, eventually attending an outdoor holiday camp. Children learn to recognize some of the wildlife that is around them, understand the life cycle of plants, some basic outdoor skills such as orientation, simple agriculture, wildfire cooking and reading signs in their environment.
The main goal of the program is for the child to enjoy being outdoors and develop the capacity to observe and relate the information collected by all his senses so that they can better make decisions to ensure their safety and satisfy their curiosity.
Develop independence, grow self-confidence and learn to properly assess risks when exploring Nature in safe ways. Practice building shelters, using knots, orientation, bush crafts and kayaking.
Directly observe and discuss the relationships between the local ecosystem and its wildlife. Get a taste of botany, birding, identifying insects and listening to the sounds of nature.
Traditional team games from various countries and different traditions develop motor, social and emotional skills, while providing opportunities to get familiar with the surrounding nature.
The 3 C's
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 finds always room to enlarge its roots and bear new fruits.
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.
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.
This program aims to provide children living in the city with the opportunity to develop their connection with Nature. The objective is not to transform the child into an encyclopedia, but to ensure that she has a positive experience while being outdoors, then developing awareness about the Natural processes around her and curiosity to learn more about the world at large.
Cross-curricular project-based study.
Team learning, communication, listening, and collaboration skills development.
Practical life activities that build independence and self-confidence.
Cultivate awareness and respect for the environment.
Create a sense of stewardship and community that transcends nationalities.
We are all citizens of one planet and we need to take care of it.
Introduction to the ecological mindset and how all life forms are important for maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.
Practice healthy living habits through offline activities outdoors.
Build social and emotional skills to relate to each other with kindness and compassion.
• enjoying being outdoors
• learning to recognize some of the wildlife encountered
• understanding the life cycle of plants
• learning some basic outdoor skills (orientation, simple agriculture, wildfire cooking, reading signs in their environment, etc.)
• developing the capacity to observe and relate the information collected by all their senses with the aim to make decisions to ensure their safety and satisfy their curiosity
• preparing children for their first camping experience, leading to being able to attend a holiday outdoor camp
Green Steps Triple Focus
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.
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.
Our Nature Guides
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.
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.
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.
Green Steps activities follow a supervision ratio of one Nature Guide for a maximum of 6 participants, this increases the capacity to provide personalized interactions and ensure appropriate safety control.
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 and when dropping your child the first time, 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 email@example.com
Examples: asthma, allergies, recent injuries, behavioral 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 eventual cancelation using the WeChat group established for every single activity.
In case of rain make sure your child brings a spare set of dry cloths 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 to the parents via a WeChat group established for this purpose.
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)
A little snack (zero waste to eat along the way mid-way)
Your Nature journal (provided on the first day attending the program).
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.)
BRING REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE - ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES AIM TO BE ZERO WASTE
We expect all participants and Green Steps staff to engage in respectful, compassionate, kind behaviors, and respectful communication to each other. We prevent and avoid the use of violence (verbal and physical by any staff and participant). In case of repeated behavior issues that affect safety and others' wellbeing 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 course, the objective of our communication is that concepts are understood and that participants have fun while maintaining appropriate safety measures.
Transportation is not included.
The exact gathering location for each event is communicated on the single event page and shared via a WeChat group established by the activity facilitator to be in touch with all participants before the activity starts:
Wechat contact and phone of the Nature Guide in charge of the activity will be shared by email and WeChat 48h before the activity.
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.
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 to you about our program.
Green Steps Shanghai Address:
Shanghai, Xuhui District, Panyu Road 1199, building 3, 101 Office.
It's near Yishan Road subway station (Line 3-4)
phone: (86) 134 2499 8471
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.