In this episode I speak to Kevin Strauss, author of one of my favourite books for environmental education Tales with Tails: Storytelling the Wonders of the Natural World. The book includes stories that Kevin has written or re-told along with activities that can be used in formal or informal education, by teachers, parents, park rangers and, well, storytellers. I talk to Kevin, an environmental scientist, about what got him into storytelling. He shares tips for using storytelling in teaching natural history both inside and outside of the classroom, how to create and adapt stories and where to find inspiration.
He shares an original story, The Stonemason’s Daughter, which has a folktale-like format and theme. It is not available anywhere else either in print or as a recording.
Folks can find Kevin and his book at: www.naturestory.com
Links to storytelling groups in the US:
Northlands Storytelling Network (Midwest USA): www.northlands.net
National Storytelling Network: www.storynet.org
You can find lots of storyteller videos at www.storylibrary.org
Photo credit: Andrea Lorek Strauss.