The human sensitivity to features of the natural world. This ability was more valued in our past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers.
These students often enjoy the outdoors, although this trait may also manifest itself in the ability to identify cars, designer clothing, and the like. This kind of pattern recognition and classification draws on the naturalist intelligence.
The "Nature Smart" Student
- Keen observer of the environment
- Intensely curious about biological and physical sciences
- Enjoys field trips
- Has deep emotional response to animals; seems to "talk their language"
- May enjoy animals more than people
- May find school "suffocating"
- Teachers rarely recognize or encourage this gift
Famous Naturalistic Learners
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
National Geographic Science, History, & Geography Games
Carolina Raptor Center
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An encyclopedia of raptors.