Autumn Program 9-12 (Deers)
Autumn program - Saturday sessions
Compassionate Deer is a program of one session per month (3 sessions in fall) for 9-12 year-old children, designed to learn hands-on natural science and outdoor skills.
Fall... in love with Nature!
but attending the full program will result in a consistent training
at planning the logistics of an expedition,
assessing risks and responding to the unexpected.
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!
Once a month during this Autumn, on Saturdays, a different adventure awaits, where we explore Shanghai’s nature and discover the local wildlife.
ON SATURDAYS 9AM - 5PM
COSTS & TICKETS
Each session lasts a full day
1 SESSION: 800 CNY/participant
FULL PROGRAM: book 3 events, get a 5% discount
Tickets include all activity equipment, facilitation, and entry ticket to activity location.
During this age, parents are advised to let their child develop self-confidence and social skills by not joining during the activities.
It is optional during these sessions for one of the parents to be present. The adult could take passively part in the activities or simply stay aside, while leaving room to her child for decision making, making mistakes and finding herself along the activities.
Knowing that there is no competition, that it is ok to fail and that the child is in control of her own engagement has very important psychological benefits in her development.
Children tickets do not include the adult ticket, if an adult would like 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.
Clean up ecosystems threatened by plastic pollution. Feel empowered to fight it and create awareness about the direct link between our daily habits and the 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.
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 activities are designed to be age appropriate
for 9 to 12 years old kids.
During this stage, participants are actively driving their development and can assist in planning the logistics of an expedition. During the lessons, children learn to assess risk, respond to the unexpected, help others in need, protect the environment, understand the complex relationships between different elements of an ecosystem, and assist the others in developing skills they’ve already mastered. Participants are prepared to stay in a remote location for several days without external facilities.
The main goal of this program is for the kids to combine the skills previously acquired in areas of outdoor, interpersonal science, and wildlife, so that they could take full advantage of their creative mind while in the wilderness.
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.
• planning the logistics of an expedition
• learning to assess risk
• responding to the unexpected
• helping others, teamworking
• protecting the environment
• understanding the complex relationships between different elements of an ecosystem
• mentoring others in developing skills they’ve already mastered
• preparing to stay in a remote location for several days without external facilities
• combining the skills previously acquired in areas of outdoor, interpersonal, science, and wildlife, so that they may take full advantage of their creative mind while in the wilderness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.