Nature Education Specialist

Tugba Can

I work as a part-time nature education specialist at the Nature Conservation Center, conducting Erasmus+ projects, mainly to cultivate eco-literacy with young people. Since I studied biology at ODTÜ (Middle East Technical University) I really like being in nature to observe birds, butterflies, wildflower that explains why I dedicated myself to try people, especially young people connect to nature. I also write articles for children’s popular science magazines, of course mainly on ecology issues. My first picture book: “Oak Tree, Will You Be My Friend?” was published by TEMA. “Little Whale Who Afraid of Sleeping and “How to Climb Everest?” were published by Potikare. All these works provide sharing my passion for nature while educating others about the importance of conservation and sustainability.

I think ecoliteracy is crucial because it empowers individuals to understand the complex interactions between humans and nature. By fostering ecoliteracy, we can promote sustainable practices, preserve biodiversity, mitigate climate change, and ensure the well-being of future generations. It enables us to make informed decisions that benefit both people and the planet, leading to a more harmonious and resilient relationship with nature. I also interest with mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology as well, so when I design nature education activities I try to think a multidisliplinary and holistic perspective that can enhance people’s understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

We are living in a complex and often stressful world. It’s important to recognize the challenges we face and to prioritize self-care and mental well-being. Finding moments to reconnect with nature, practicing mindfulness, and seeking support from loved ones can all help us navigate through the complexities of life with more resilience and balance. I always tell to young people: Remember to take care of yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. These words are needed by young people because they provide guidance on navigating the complexities of modern life while emphasizing the importance of self-care and connection with nature. In today’s fast-paced world, where stress and distractions are prevalent, it’s crucial for young individuals to prioritize their mental well-being and develop a deeper understanding of their relationship with the environment. By promoting ecoliteracy and mindfulness, we equip them with the tools to make informed decisions, foster sustainability, and cultivate resilience in the face of challenges. Encouraging young people to care for themselves and their surroundings empowers them to lead fulfilling lives while contributing positively to the world around them.

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