Chambers Creek Foundation

Most Powerful Ways of Learning



Most Powerful Ways of Learning


Direct Contact…Going back to water----My first experience with water in this area was kayaking. It was the first time I did something like that here and I was up close—I was in it. It had a deep impact on me and I realized how connected it was to this place. That direct experience made so much more of an impact than some indirect or book experience would have made.


Being out in nature . . . it's a kinesthetic kind of thing. I backpack for two weeks every summer. There's nothing like it!


I am a lawyer, so I’m trained to read a lot.  I love to get documents and studies to read and learn about an issue


Would like to see learning experience tailored toward all audiences.  Young children would learn better from a hands-on learning experience and older participants would learn from a visual more organized experience.  All of the above depends on the audience.

Hands-on experiences plus classroom experiences.  Hands-on experiences are good but can lead to wrong conclusions, so you need classroom knowledge and sometimes things (concepts) don’t make sense until you have the hands-on experience.




Hands on, experiential learning (not just fact learning) . . . I like to see a “textbook-less” science class, adventures

Learned mostly through extra-curricular activities other than school -- like hands-on experiences & seeing how things work

I like to learn multimedia – PBS, lectures – go out in nature, bird watch, hike, many ways


Lectures and being able to take notes, going on expeditions to learn about how scientists do their part


Watching well made TV programs can be one of the best learning tools, reading & listening, engaging as many senses as possible, more engaging to watch TV than read a book

Interactive things, hands-on


I enjoy lectures, presentations, getting out on a nature walk to see what’s going on

Both doing (walking in pouring down rain in parking lot) and in school (reading) AND in little ways we don’t usually notice.



Out in nature, experiential in conversation with people who are enthusiastic about the topic, most people want to be asked, conversations that matter. Visual learning (TV and reading)

Definitely hands-on (with explanation at the same time), experience concurrent with explanation

Go on a trip and actually see what happens

Hands on experiences, ability to feel and touch

Read something that hits me and then I want to do something about it.  I learn better through hands-on experiences --           Take action


Going out into the outdoors

I like being with someone who knows about nature - someone who can point out things to me, show me and talk to me. Hard to learn from a book

Seeing videos/pictures before & after – learning what is bad and what is better. Better than reading about it


READING, Documentary films, lectures by experts, nature walks

HANDS-ON, using all of my senses - Touch, smell, taste.     A teacher who’s excited/passionate/knowledgeable

Doing things – adventure


Interactive Hands-on

Learning from mistakes.  Learning from other people’s stories.

I'd rather go out & do something


Meditative learning. Tide pool learning. Wind Garden. Experimental                       

Seeing nature in evening hours. Connections to everything             

Reading & talking to someone about nature. More interactive, reading and conversation


Learning about sacred relationships

Instead of reading, listening, participation. Hands-on – getting dirty in garden or snow

Reading and experiences – getting hands right in dirt – touching it!


Hands-on is a lot better!  Field trips help memory, although in class can be more “dense”

Spending time in nature. Camping away from modern world and distractions

Like to touch and look . Appreciative Inquiry needs to be a part of the learning center


Going out & talking about it when we’re out there

I want to be able to go out and touch it! I want to have an interactive environment. Being out and hiking

Experience more than lecture            . Visual/demo. Experience of doing


Hands-on emerging. Reading about it is fine, but to be “in it” is best            

Someone mentioned listening to the wind – I feel that way . . . It speaks to me!

When I learn about something that will help me & future generations because I will pass it on

Handouts – do it, touch it, feel it. Examples.

Do it, feel it, touch it   


Like to go out and touch nature – want to be in it, touch it, feel it, smell it – engage all senses

Adventures – my biggest learning experiences would be what I would call adventures – I went on a hike that was way too far out there. When I fell in the snow, I didn’t want to get up. I learned not to travel too far from my car.

Kinesthetic learning – experiencing, touching – a little bit of reading


Learn through repetition, reading, writing and audio.

Presentation and adventure experiences are engaging to being a professor

Adventures and experiences


HDTV mostly

I am an avid reader and I am part of a book club that I participate in every month.  Reading is an informative enjoyable activity for me and I personally learn the best from it.

Hands on experience

Movies, Discovery channel, past and present pictures regarding environmental change.


First hand experiences and discussing with peers

The adventures and experiences are the learning I find most engaging

Examples that explain not only how but why


First hand experiences (academic) but reading is very important to me

I find that being outside and witnessing things myself is most engaging


The style is important to me.  I learn best with presentations with visuals such as pictures. For example the Al Gore movie makes you aware of the environment


Adventures and experiences. Once went camping and there were a lot of snakes.  Sometimes you see deer.


I find hiking most engaging, but not necessarily educational.  I learn more from “texts” including websites and books.


Travel logs, the book - Silent Spring by Rachel Carson


Hands on activities. Doing stuff outside. There is a different way of engaging with teenager and with adults.

With teenagers I have to combine fun stuff and education.  With adults it is quite different, their way for feeling involved  with nature might be because of a past experience or because of the wanting to use (Ex. Trails ) for volunteer points or a personal attachment.


I personally find learning engaging when I can do hands on work and when I am given real life examples and statistics.


Adventures, experiences, presentations, reading. I like learning about the things that are not easily explained.  Like weather patterns.


Physically being somewhere and getting a hands-on experience.


Being right there in the moment is the best way to learn.


Movies are more engaging because it shows the plan for the environment and what issues there are.  Also it helps us realize what we can do personally to prevent wasting things.


Learning about how things work.  Observing the world - when I was younger I saw differences in the environment and it made me wonder more about HOW this happens.  For example the movement of the Earth and the migration of animals.


Hands on - let them work with it and use experience as teacher.  Take groups to pick up garbage for hands on.


The most engaging type of learning I’ve had is hands on adventures such as coming into contact with animals.


Experiences in the field – it’s the best way to really understand things.  I love reading but it’s to build upon or explain what I observe.

Reading is where I like to get a lot of my information.


Presentations, documentaries TV programs personal stories.


I like to watch the Discovery and Nature channel.  It really does have good information and it’s in laymen’s terms.








Adventures in the outdoors


Being and studying with visionary thinkers and practitioners


Conversations about nature


Watching the Discovery and Nature Channels


Hands-on learning experience - ability to feel and touch


Kayaking - connecting to water and the environment


Going on expeditions and learning from scientists


Learning by researching information on the internet


Getting out and being in nature


Learning from our mistakes with the environment


Learning from other peoples’ stories

Listening to inspiring speakers


Observing the natural world around you


Watching Documentary



Listening and participating




Passionate, Visual



Real life examples and statistical information


Spending time in nature


Real life examples that not only explain how but why


Media, Newspapers, and the Public


Looking into new alternative methods to conserve


Community Gardens


Using other senses, such as sound and

smell to identify with nature


Reading about others Experience


Visual Understanding


Tree Climbing


Personal Experiences


On-site Instructions


“Natural” Conversations