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Delphinus School of Natural History is grounded in the belief that outdoor experiences foster true appreciation for the natural world. 
 
Nature Awareness and Environmental Stewardship, are learned skills.  The path leading to true nature awareness is a deeply personal journey achieved through engaging all the senses.  The second skill, requires an understanding of  our interrelationships and personal responsibilities as members of  an “extended  family”.   As humans we rely heavily upon consistency in Natural Cycles to provide us with the resources and conditions that sustain  our way of life. 
 
Phytoplankton (plant plankton) the world’s smallest plants, absorb over 1 billion tons of CO2, each year fueling the photosynthesis that nourishes them, and as a bi-product; provides roughly 30% of the oxygen we breath, while simultaneously  reducing the level of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. It is this level of interconnectedness that environmental stewards must fully embrace.
 
Nature awareness begins with developing a connection with the outdoors, by tapping in to what “primitive” cultures call “The Original Instructions”.   It is not routed in lessons or knowledge, but learning through personal experience.
 
When we learn to recognize nature’s cycles, understand wildlife behavior, and interpret its many languages, we become naturalists, instead of casual observers.  Nature awareness involves learning by doing.  When students develop “place awareness” they begin to notice everything!.
 
Nature awareness leads to an understanding of environmental interdependence, interconnection, our place as humans in the natural cycle, and our responsibilities as environmental stewards.