Earth Stories Exchange
Friday, May 15, 2020
Posted by: Ariel Christian, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Cent
The Earth Stories Exchange is simple: write a story about something you did outside, share it with us, and we’ll send you story back like pen pals! Just follow the steps below.
1. Get outside. Remember to physically distance yourself from others.
Get outside Remember to physically distance yourself from others.
2. Notice, observe, question everything around you! Don’t worry, we have some tips.
3. Create a story based on what you did and noticed outside!
4. Share your story with us! Use any the options here:
Facebook Upham Woods Earth Stories Exchange Group is open to anyone to submit stories as comments on the page.
Email Stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail stories to Upham Woods Naturalists N194 County Rd N Wisconsin Dells, WI 53562
Complete our online story exchange form – access through our website https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/uphamwoods/
Why swap stories about nature and science?
Uniting storytelling and science emphasize relationships between the experience, narrator, and scientific data.
These connections and self-centered discoveries lead to:
• Deeper reflection on a scientific experience
• Developing skills such as science communication
• Creating a positive relationship between participant and science (Hougham et al., 2020).
• Co-discovery for youth and adults
• A multicultural and individualized approach inviting broader participation in science
(Zocher & Hougham, 2020).
Earth Stories Exchange.pdf
This project was developed following the North American Association of Environmental Education Guidelines for
Excellence. The initiatives of this project build upon the objectives of EPA local
The Earth Stories Exchange is Upham’s commitment to community science during COVID-19. Upham’s other
community science initiatives also include Science Strikes Back (supported by EPA NE00E02399), the Research
Accelerators (supported by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District) and Sauk County Youth Conservation Days.
Hougham, R. J., Herde, I., Olsen, S., Loveland, J., Oszuscik, S., Meyers, M., Morgan, T., & Steinhauer, M. (2020).
Science to Story, Story to Social. Connected Science Learning.
Zocher, J. L. & Hougham, R. J. (2020). Implementing Ecopedagogy as an Experiential Approach to Decolonizing
Science Education. Journal of Experiential Education.