We believe that responsibility toward the natural world
is ultimately grounded in an intimate experience of nature.
In all our programs we try to heighten the capacity for
creative, yet precise understanding and observation that
allows participants to see the living qualities and interconnectedness
of nature. Our audience is varied, representing all ages,
nationalities, educational backgrounds, and income levels:
teachers, farmers, academics, policy makers, college-age
students, high school students, children, and the general
public. To see a calendar of current
and upcoming events, click
The Nature Institute offers individualized guided studies over longer periods of time. For more infomation about this program, click here.
Summer Intensive Courses
These weeklong interdisciplinary courses in June
and July integrate exercises in critical and imaginative
thinking, nature observation, and artistic activities. These
courses have attracted adults from numerous professions
(scientists, teachers, university professors, artists, social
workers, ecologists) and college students. For more information
about the program, click
Bringing Science to Life
A professional development program for
There will be no Science Teachers’ course during the summer of 2013. For
general information and a description of last year’s course,
Workshops for middle school teachers
A main aim of the workshop is to help educators enter actively into the
process of doing mathematics and gain greater confidence in their own
abilities. For details and registration information, please see
We will focus on topics from middle school geometry; in the
evenings we will study astronomy. The participants will be involved in
hands-on explorations rather than listening to lectures. For more
These are weekly or biweekly semester-long courses
for the local public. Topics have included Goethe's phenomenology,
animal form and behavior, and projective geometry. See Calendar
Physicist Johannes Kühl introduces the audience
to the dynamics of water
In the fall and spring of each year we offer public
talks on a variety of subjects related to a new understanding
of nature. Our own staff and invited lecturers discuss such
topics as: "Exploring Human Perception," "What
Can Water Teach Us," "The Wisdom of the Animal
World," "Playing with Fire: Beyond Global Warming,"
and "How Ecological Can Farming Be?" See Calendar
of Events for upcoming talks.
Goethean Phenomenology Grant
The Credere Fund (a program of Think OutWord) has announced a new Grant in Goethean Phenomenology, sponsored by The Nature Institute. Please visit the Credere Fund Webpage for more details.
Adults and children participate in our nature walks,
which include wetland flora and ecology, birds, wildlife
tracking, and spring wildflowers. See Calendar
The Nature Institute is steward of a 27-acre nature
preserve that includes a wetland - a local treasure in need
of protection. With student help, we have built low-impact
trails and a boardwalk, and now offer guided nature walks
for children and adults. We carry out biological and ecological
studies in the preserve.
To find out more about the nature preserve, click
Talks and Workshops
Holdrege, and Stephen L.
Talbott are guest lecturers and teachers throughout
the year at colleges, universities, conferences, seminars
and workshops. Institute staff is invited to participate
in teacher training and teacher development workshops across
See Calendar of Events for upcoming talks, click
For Lodging, click here.