Meet inspiring nature educator, Dieuwertje Smolenaars, joining us for our new online Nature Explorers Club series! Dieuwertje will teach us how we can become nature explorers this Wednesday 2 December at 8 pm CET / 7 pm GMT. Your donations will support De Toevlucht animal shelter in Amsterdam. Please see event registration info below and don’t miss your chance to join! 

Dieuwertje, how did you become a nature explorer? 

“Exploring nature is in my blood. Since I was little, I have been fascinated by the natural world around me. When I was 7, I wanted to become a biologist studying animals in their natural environment. But because I am dyslexic and not a good learner people and teachers told me that that was impossible.”


“Of course, that made me sad, but it also gave me a deep-rooted drive to show that I could become whatever I wanted. It was a long, hard road to be where I am now as a nature educator and wildlife photographer, but I made it!”



What are the benefits of being a nature explorer? “When people discover more about animals, they develop empathy and want to help them in the future. When I teach children and adults, I tell them about the lives of individual animals and ask them to think about relationships between them.”

Can we become nature explorers too? What skills do we need? “Everyone can become a nature explorer! You just have to open your mind to what you find in nature around you. When you see something interesting, stop and take a closer look, then ask yourself questions like what purpose does this creature have? What is its name? How does it live its life? People, even children nowadays, tend to walk quickly and can forget to look around and enjoy nature.”

What would you say to someone who is afraid of something in nature, like insects? 

“If you are scared of things like a spider, for example, stop for a minute to observe it and to consider how it lives its life. If you are a bit frightened by something in nature, it is a good idea to become curious about it and to learn about it. It is OK to be scared of something you don’t know about, but keep in mind that the creature you are scared of is probably more frightened by you!”

“Being afraid of something doesn’t mean that it doesn’t play a role in the web of life we share with all living creatures. You still have to respect all living creatures and leave them where they are to get on with their lives.

When you observe animals in nature and have questions about them, you probably won’t know all the answers. Luckily we have the internet now. You can also ask me questions about nature at my new monthly nature clubs with The Green Living Lab!

Learn to become a nature explorer during our interactive chat with Dieuwertje, this Wednesday, 2 December, at 8 pm CET /  7 pm GMT

The event is accessible for all the family and children will love it!



Wormhotel Workshop GSBC 2018
Please see English below.
Composteren in de stad is gelukkig niet moeilijk! Rowin zal je leren hoe je makkelijk je eigen #wormenhotel kunt bouwen en je alles vertellen over hoe simpel je zelf gft-afval kan verwerken tot rijke #vermicompost. Kom onze kronkelende compostwormen vergezellen en verras je huisgenoten door deze fascinerende wezens een uniek plekje thuis te geven! 


Reservatie vereist: Plaatsen moeten op voorhand geboekt worden via email:
Taal: Nederlands & Engels
Workshops en activiteiten bij het Green Love festival zijn gratis met een WeMakethe.City festivalpas, anders op donatie basis. Koop je festival pas hier:
Voor het volledige programma zie:
**Reserveer je plaats voor activiteiten na 18.00 uur per mail:
Worm Hotel Workshop at The Green Love festival, Saturday 23 June, 15.00 – 15.45.
Luckily composting in the city is not difficult! Rowin will tell you how easy it is to build your own worm hotel and will tell you how you can process your organic waste into rich worm #compost. Come meet our wriggly compost worms and surprise your housemates by giving these fascinating creatures a place in your home!


Reservation required: Places to be booked in advance by email:
Language: Dutch and English
Workshops and activities at the Green Love festival are free with a WeMakethe.City festival pass, otherwise on a donation basis. Buy your festival pass here:
For info on the full programme, see:
**Reserve your place for activities after 18.00 by email:

Please See English below.

15.00 – 16.30: Gezicht Schminken 

Onze vrijwilligers zullen je met plezier omtoveren tot een sierlijke vlinder, nieuwsgierige vogel of stoere tijger.

Je zal versteld staan van hoe cool je er als dier uitziet: plezier voor jong en oud!

Nu je er toch al uit zal zien als een dier, ben jij uitgenodigd op De Raad van alle Wezens!

16.00 – 17.00: De Raad van Alle Wezens Workshop met Manon 
Laat je helemaal gaan en gedraag je als je gekozen dier in onze tuin. Fladder van bloem naar plant, maak een nest van takjes en brul er op los! Laat je creativiteit de vrije loop en waan je voor even in het dierenrijk. Wat kan jouw dier aan de mens leren?
Taal: Nederlands en Engels

Activiteiten gratis met een WeMakethe.City festivalpas, anders op donatie basis. Koop je festival pas hier:

Voor het volledige programma zie:

Reserveer je plaats voor activiteiten na 18.00 uur per mail:


Become an animal at the Green Love festival on Saturday 23 June! ?

15.00 – 16.30: Face Painting: Our volunteers will love to turn you into a beautiful butterfly, a curious bird or a tough tiger.

You will be amazed at how cool you look as an animal: fun for young and old!

Now that you are an animal, we invite you to join The Council of All Beings!

16.00 – 17.00: The Council of All Beings Workshop with Manon
Imagine yourself as your chosen animal in our garden. Flutter from flower to plant, make a nest of twigs or let out a roar! Let your creativity run free as you imagine yourself in the animal kingdom. What can your animal teach humans?
Language: English & Dutch

All activities free with a WeMakethe.City festival pass, otherwise on a donation basis. Buy your festival pass here:

For info on the Green Love programme, see:

Reserve your place for activities after 18.00 by email: