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Nature-in-Place

Creative ways to connect with nature during a time of crisis.

Born of necessity as we, as a global society, grapple with COVID-19, this series of programming is a concerted effort to help people cope. The reality of this pandemic is that it’s causing an enormous amount of worry and strain. On most everyone. We know that nature is an effective means to help reduce stress and even dampen symptoms of depression; and to boost our immune system. We know, too, that too few people have access to its healing powers.

At a time when many of us are staying in place; remaining socially distant from others—the question comes: what are creative ways that we can enjoy “nearby” nature—and reap its healing benefits?

This is where the Nature-in-Place series comes in. We’re making fast work of curating on-demand, resources—drawing from our Network of Firesouls from across the country—to offer you creative ideas for connecting with nature, in CDC-compliant ways.

Check back often—we’ll be adding to this series as we go!

Nature as Teacher | Cultivating Peace in Uncertain Times

We all came onto the planet alive, awake and connected to the splendor of the natural world. Unfortunately, over time, the pressures and conditioning of modern life dulls our senses and we “brush against the tree of forgetfulness” forgetting that inherent, inborn connection that we once knew. Finding time to connect with nature is an important aspect of self-care. This 12-minute meditation for inner awareness works to help us cultivate peace in uncertain times.

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Nature Care Package – March 2021

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Nature Care Package – February 2021

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Art of Human Being | Remembering Nature as our Refuge

Poetry is having a brilliant moment — as well it should. Today, we bring you a moving poem about nature — while we find some stillness in our minds, bodies and spirits. This ~10 minute resource, led by meditation instructor Kayla Falk, walks us through some mindful exercises, then shares a poem by Mary Oliver, a transcendent writer and lifelong student of the natural world. This calming resource reminds us that nature is always accessible to us — a grounding reminder of our connection to something greater than our small selves.

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Nature Care Package – January 2021 – Anew

Fresh starts. Resolutions. Renewed thinking. It all feels good, doesn't it? We love the start of a New Year. Especially this one, you know, after the last one. It's a wild time — we're filling our lungs with fresh breaths of hope, smoothing the creases from our work-from-home pants — only to remember that we're still, well, home. Here's our suggestion: have a short session with nature — near your home or virtually. It will amplify those big breaths, buoy the spirits and remind us that it's really not Groundhog's Day after all. Brighter days are near.

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Art of Human Being | Mindfulness + Meditation

Led by Kayla Falk, co-founder of the educational organization Art of Human Being, this 20 minute resource aims to help us connect with ourselves and our world through mindfulness — specifically, through a guided meditation that you can enjoy from the comforts and safety of your home.

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November Nature Care Package | Gratitude Issue

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ArtReach Challenges | Creativity at Home

With guidance from the park coordinator at the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Naval Cemetery Landscape, a Sacred Place, learn to use the iNaturalist app to identify and document plant and animal life - wherever you are (even if it’s your own backyard — or walking past a patch of green in your neighborhood!).

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October Nature Care Package

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September | Pumpkin Spice Issue

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Curated Picks | June 5

Three things that you can do to help ensure equitable access to nature.

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Curated Picks | June 19

We commemorate Juneteenth by sharing a few resources that work to advance racial justice and equity in nature — and some guidance for nourishing your mind and spirits to do the good work ahead.

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Curated Picks | May 28

Let's lift our spirits with birds, sun & a bug hotel! This week's picks fresh from the oven.

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Curated Picks | May 21

A poem that will turn your week around. Lunch at the Bering Strait. And much more—it's Mental Health Awareness Month, so let's find ways to connect with nature.

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Nature-in-Place Curated Top Picks: Vol 1

This week's curation welcomes young people to Tinkergarten; offers us a chance to visit a Chesapeake VRBO for birds; and the opportunity to tour some of the finest botanical gardens from the safety of home.

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Nature-in-Place Curated Picks
Mother’s Day Dispatch

This week, we've rounded up some ways to celebrate mothers—mothers of all kinds, mothers of invention, and Mother Nature! Easy crafts with kids (hint: DIY presents inside), virtual garden escapes, mindful flower arranging and more. Self-care is important right now—indulge a little.

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Nature-in-Place Curated Picks | Earth Day Dispatch

This week's round up takes you to Yosemite, shows you how to make your own Chia Pet and invites you to see a free documentary. All inside!

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Nature-in-Place Curated Picks | Arbor Day Dispatch

Because we don't want the Earth and Arbor Day celebrations to end. This curation is all about trees—ones that you can walk through, ones that grow on city streets and the kinds that live in forests. Plus. Scavenger Hunt. That's right.

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iNaturalist: Become a Citizen Scientist

With guidance from the park coordinator at the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Naval Cemetery Landscape, a Sacred Place, learn to use the iNaturalist app to identify and document plant and animal life - wherever you are (even if it’s your own backyard — or walking past a patch of green in your neighborhood!).

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We’re reading The Giving Tree and it’s bringing some serious feels.

Gather 'round to listen to a reading of The Giving Tree by Erin Robertson, Chief Programs Officer of Nature Sacred. We love these messages of love, giving and understanding right now — starring a very special tree. A great listen for young people — and folks of all ages, really.

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Who says meetings have to be inside? Check these virtual backgrounds!

Infuse a little calm into your next virtual meeting with these nature backgrounds.

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Virtual nature backgrounds — autumnally infused!

Share the autumnal loveliness in your next zoom meeting with these virtual backgrounds!

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Blink to See | A Mindful Form of Creativity

Dip into nature — even small pockets of it — for some imaginative, mindful experiences. This on-demand resource shows us how to open our senses to the instinct known as pareidolia; a creative way to see nature (that happens to bring with it lots of mental benefits).

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Bilingual Yoga for Beginners: In the Garden | At Home

Enjoy yoga in the comforts of your home or yard with this 25 minute beginner-level class offered to you in both Spanish and English.

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Tension Release Tuesday | Sound Healing

Tension Release Tuesday brings the arts of sound healing and guided meditation to you at home. This 30 minute virtual session delivers sounds of nature, Tibetan & crystal bowls, chimes and bells to you — vibrations that release tension from the muscles, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, clear the lymph system, boost immunity, enhance neurological connections, & so much more.

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