Nature Child School

Nature Child School

Nature Child School

Dagrún Jónsdóttir had an unusual summer project. She was the director of the new Nature Child School, Náttúrubarnaskólinn, in the Strandir region. When asked where the idea of the school came from she replied, “It’s an old idea that has been in the air for many years. We believe that it’s good for everyone to be out in nature, and there is so much to see here. There are so many things in nature, man made or natural, that we rush past every day without actually noticing. These are the things we want to analyse better.” 

DagrúnDagrún Jónsdóttir

During the summer the Nature Child School has classes and courses every week; one evening course every week and full weekend classes. There are different themes as Dagrún explains, “One time we had plant theme class where we picked edible and medicinal plants, boiled and drank them. Also we have been experimenting with natural dyes. We used a dooryard dock to dye yarn. We’ve had beach and sea theme where we learned about the tides, sent out a message in a bottle, and made jewelry from drift wood.” Birds play big role as well. “We have close look at the bird nests of the eider ducks, for example. There is one eider duck in particular who is so tame we can pet her. And, there are many black guillemots that nest in special boxes that we have made for them.” 

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The most exciting theme, though, is the magic one. Here they brew magic drinks that guarantee good health, luck, and bright future. “We don’t take any chances with black magic, only good magic. Once we danced a sun dance - and the day after the sun came out!” Dagrún says and smiles. The school has been a big success. Dagrún claims that this summer they had around 100 kids doing courses with them. Over the winter she will be developing the concepts and classes for the upcoming summer. She is aiming to have courses also for non-Icelandic speaking kids - so be in touch and enquire!