This weekend I was part of a group who spent the weekend immerse in nature, all being amazed by the natural wonders that Eastern North Carolina has to offer.
While participants were loaded with snacks for the 5 hour drive, cameras, binoculars the trip leader, Laura Domingo had a plan in mind. Not everybody had fancy cameras with telephoto lenses or “top of the shelf” binoculars. When the time came to admire nature her way to interpret was to say, “put your gear down and behold”.
This is something that she mentioned at the beginning of the trip, asked participants to slow down, do not stress about getting the perfect picture every time and “let it go”.
Giving people the directive to relax, do not stress, and enjoy the moment, gave all participants an opportunity to crete their own emotional connections.
While some interpreters get caught sharing their knowledge with factoids and scientific names, this was a powerful technique for participants to create their own meaning and connections.
How do let your participants make their own connections to the resource?