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Three Everyday Ways to Connect to Nature

Three Everyday Ways to Connect to Nature

It seems to me that most people are incredibly busy, confined almost every moment to the indoors at school and work, and on weekends so burdened with shopping and chores that like-it-or-not (and I donít) we are becoming more and more disconnected from the natural world. We simply canít get outdoors enough! And the problem is different for different age groups. For example, my eighty-year-old mother is very arthritic and as much as she loves the outdoors she hardly ever gets outside and receives almost no outdoor light.

I really yearn to be outdoors more, especially now that it is spring. How about the rest of you? Here is a start. We offer three everyday ways for kids, teens, adults, and elders to connect more to nature. Please chime in to add your suggestions (the link is below)! We all need inspiration on this one, as parents (teenagers, anyone?), for ourselves, to help those who are aging:

1. Do an outdoor activity outdoors that requires that they get dirty (such as playing in the mud)
2. Take wildlife-watching walks
3. Take a trip to a working farm

1. Play outdoor sports
2. Outdoor seasonal projects (raking, gardening, filling the bird feeders)
3. One meal a week, ask them to make the food choices and talk with them about the production (organic versus conventional, etc.) of the foods they pick

1. Go camping
2. Spend time outdoors gardening, taking walks, picnicing–whatever suits
3. Connect to your local farms or farmersí markets


1. Take walks to drink in the beauty of nature
2. Sit outdoors when you can (in a park or yard)
3. Invest in some binoculars to watch birds

We welcome you to share your ideas.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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2:47PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Sit in your garden, or in a wood or forest, and watch, observe, listen...

12:15PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

I do gardening outdoors everyday so I benefit from getting exercise, vitamin D, and fresh air. We have several rose bushes that I often tend to daily. Our roses are always blooming and since we always have an abundance of them, we give flowers to others as an act of kindness and to help bring peace and happiness to humanity.

9:01AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

good reminders

8:30AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

thank you

5:01AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

GREAT ideas, sometimes just sitting on the porch or deck with a cup of coffee can really bring you closer to nature and peace of mind! ...or taking your pet, or little kid, to the park for an hours romp in the sun!

6:22AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

great ideas, but go camping every day?

10:53AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012


10:06AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Great ideas for all age groups. Thanks Annie.

12:37AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Great ideas. Thanks.

3:18AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I feed the birds ever day. I try to walk couple of miles several days a week. I potter about in the garden, and like walks on the beach!

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