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Why Nature?

Evidence suggests that viewing, interacting with, and living in natural environments can have multiple effects on ‘reducing stress, increasing patience, self-discipline, capacity for attention, and recovery for mental fatigue, or crisis…” (Russell et al. 2013, p. 482).

 

The research is very clear.

 

Nature connection is GOOD FOR US.

 

In recent times we are, as a society in general and on a deeply personal level, experiencing mental and emotional fatigue like never before.

 

While technology continues to become an ever-increasing necessity in our lives, it has a very real tendency to become all-consuming, leading to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. Unplugging has never been harder - or more important!

By prioritising time in nature we can help balance out the effects of the modern world. The benefits of making nature connection practices a part of your everyday extend far beyond those of fresh air and exercise.

BENEFITS OF NATURE CONNECTION:

Time in nature:

  • Fosters curiosity, imagination and creativity

  • Improves decision-making and problem solving

  • Offers opportunities for healthy risk-taking

  • Encourages ecological literacy and stewardship

  • Develops social skills, language and communication

  • Enhances self-awareness, mental and emotional well-being

  • Regulates sensory input and awareness

  • Physical development - balance, proprioception, strength, endurance coordination, cardiovascular health, flexibility

  • Opportunities for self-directed, freely chosen and self-motivated engagement - Play - which also has it's own list of benefits.

 

Earthside Explorers programs provide time and space in natural settings to experience these incredible benefits. We invite you to join us to explore, discover and connect - with self, with each other and with the Earth.

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