There are multiple types of intelligences according to educational theorist, Howard Gardner. Among these are verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, and naturalistic intelligence. While perhaps not often discussed, naturalistic intelligence refers to the ability to identify and categorize animals, plants, and other entities in nature. Examples of naturalistic intelligence also include taking care of the environment and understanding the relationships between plants, animals, humans, and environments. Furthermore, naturalistic intelligence is believed to have helped our ancestors survive, evolve, and adapt to their environments.
Encouraging students to develop their naturalistic intelligence can provide opportunities for students to learn about nature, STEM fields, and practical life skills. While naturalistic intelligence can be developed during any time of the year, the world is rife with opportunities to learn more about nature, particularly during the spring and summer, so parents and Learning Coaches may use summer break to focus on naturalistic intelligence activities in order to keep students with this learning preference active and learning.