One of the best things you can do for nature is to go enjoy it! One thing that effective advocates for conservation almost always have in common is a close bond with nature. The stronger our connection with the natural world, the more passionate we are to protect it. The more we understand the natural world, the better we’re able to protect it
So, whatever you like to do outdoors — nature walks, gardening, farming, hiking, picnicking, birding, fishing, hunting, cycling, sailing, paddling or just relaxing and enjoying the day — make time for that. Recharge and get inspired.
Share your love for nature
One of the biggest challenges for land conservation is that so many people feel disconnected from the land. Imagine what we could do if everyone felt a deep personal connection to nature!
Children, in particular, are increasingly alienated from nature. On average, kids growing up today spend 90% of their time indoors! Studies show that children who spend more time in nature benefit from improved fitness, attention, mood, creativity and life skills. But, as children raised in an era of “nature deficit disorder” come of age, both youth and adults are missing out on these benefits. So, if you love nature, share the love! Bring a child or a friend out with you.
Get outdoors with your land trust
Land trusts understand how important it is to nurture relationships between people and nature. So, many land trusts sponsor outdoor events or programs — such as outings, volunteer days, workshops, youth programs and community gardens. Land trusts also help create places where you can get outside. Many land trusts collaborate on public parks and trails projects. And many maintain preserves that are open to the public.
Land trusts offer unique opportunities to discover new places, learn new things and connect with new people. Get in touch with your land trust and find out about opportunities to get outdoors.