Source: The Guardian
Inspired by ecologist and author Anne LaBastille, writer Megan Mayhew Bergman takes a solo trip to the Adirondacks in New York. In this essay, she describes how she overcame fears and proved something to herself.
Source: Psychology Today
Psychologist Thomas Suddendorf argues the importance of identifying the similarities and differences between humans and other animals.
Source: Business Insider
This article lists eight advantages, including benefits for your health and mental well-being, of spending time in nature.
Source: The Ecologist
This article provides examples of past, present, and future technology inspired by nature.
After hiking the 750-mile length of the Grand Canyon, photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride reflects on the silence of the canyon and draws comparisons to his noisy life.
Source: How Stuff Works
Photographers wait hours at a time to capture this phenomenon. This article explains the science behind it.
Writer and researcher Tom Winterbottom argues that the key to enjoying nature is to slow down.
In Los Angeles, an anthropologist is using equations to teach police about how street gangs operate.
Researchers study wasps to figure out how to create a drone that can move and lift other objects.
Source: Poetry Foundation
Read about the difference between nature poetry and environmental poetry and explore a curated colletion of poems.
Source: The Atlantic
Researcher Conor Williams questions how to balance outdoor play with academic learning.
Source: The New York Times
Critic Donovan Hohn profiles the work of nature writer Annie Dillard as he reviews her latest book, The Abundance, a curated anthology of her essays.
Source: The Conversation
Anthropologist Chip Colwell suggests thinking about natural sites as people would help legal institutions better respect the culture of Native Americans.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The work of environmentalist John Muir helped create the national parks system and preserve the natural beauty throughout the country. Now some question whether his view of nature is relevant to today’s challenges.
Source: National Geographic
Reporter Simon Worrrall talks to Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, about the postive effects of spending time in nature.
Source: Scientific American
Writer and scientist Amanda Baker argues that getting out into nature isn’t as hard as some people think.
In this radio piece, author Kate Daloz discusses her childhood growing up in an off-the-grid geodesic dome and other “back to the land” communities of the 1960s and 1970s.
This list describes how 25 women were inspired by nature and used it heavily in their writing.
A teacher inspired by research that showed the benefits of nature for childhood development, started a curriculum that introduces kids to the outdoors.
Source: Architecture & Design
Architect Michael Pawlyn recently presented an exhibition of architectural structures that use the power of nature’s designs. See how plant tissue and marine organisms could influence buildings in the future.