“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

— Chief Seattle

We find ourselves in a time of abrupt ecological change, the planet’s 6th mass extinction. While distracted by screens, ecosystems are degrading more quickly than we can study or record. On a scale beyond our comprehension.

However, more and more people are recognizing our interconnectedness with nature, understanding that our well-being is intertwined with the health of the environment. Our connection to nature has a pivotal role not just in physical health, but in mental, emotional, and community health as well.

We can build strong ecosystems with beauty and abundance by using native plants and smart landscaping. As we mend connections IN nature, we automatically mend our connection TO nature. Nature doesn’t only make our bodies and minds stronger but strengthens social and community connections as well.

Resilience: the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
Connections IN Nature

“Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the environment in which it has survived.”
— E.O. Wilson

Nature is teeming with seemingly invisible connections. From the symbiotic relationship between the sun and plants, to the interdependence of plants and animals, these connections stitch the fabric of ecosystems. This intricate network extends globally, with every mushroom, flower, and tree linked to the surrounding plants and animals. It’s this interconnectedness that fuels ecosystems, generating clean air, freshwater, and a stable climate.

Connections like monarch butterflies and milkweed. Milkweed is the host plant of monarchs, the only plant its caterpillars eat. As well as other connections like native bumblebees and pollen from certain native plants. 25% of all native bees only use pollen from specific plants. Lastly, historic connections like bison to the prairie.

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
— John Muir

Connections TO Nature

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

Our brains and bodies are wired for a connection to nature. Sights and sounds of nature seem to have a special way of making us feel good. Studies show that being in nature lowers the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies, helping us feel more relaxed and at ease.

But nature does more than just calm our nerves – it lifts our spirits, too. Being surrounded by trees and greenery can boost our mood and even help chase away feelings of sadness or depression. It’s like a breath of fresh air for our mental well-being.

And when it comes to thinking clearly, nature is like brain fuel. Taking a stroll in the great outdoors can sharpen our focus and help us concentrate better, making it easier to tackle whatever life throws our way.

Nature is good for our bodies, too! Whether it’s going for a walk or hiking a trail, moving in nature can strengthen our muscles, keep our hearts healthy, and leave us feeling energized and alive.

So, whether we’re seeking solace, clarity, or just a bit of fun, nature has everything we need to thrive. It’s in the great outdoors that we find true well-being, where our hearts, minds, and bodies can truly come alive.

Connections TO Each Other

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” — Wendell Berry

When it comes to feeling good, having strong social connections is like a magic potion. It helps keep feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression at bay. Sharing experiences with others can lift your spirits and make tough times easier to bear.

Social connections aren’t just good for the soul—they’re good for your body too. Having a solid social support system can boost your immune system and add years to your life.

Your heart benefits too! Spending time with friends can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. And don’t forget about your brain! Socializing keeps your mind sharp and may even stave off cognitive decline as you get older.

Here’s the icing on the cake: spending time together IN NATURE amplifies these benefits. Whether it’s a hike in the woods or a picnic in the park, being outdoors with friends enhances the positive effects of social interaction. The fresh air, sunshine, and natural beauty add an extra layer of joy and rejuvenation to your time together.

So, next time you’re feeling stressed or down, reach out to a friend and plan a nature outing. It’s a recipe for happiness, health, and lasting memories.