When you notice the weather, or how the birds behave around you, you are reading nature. Whether you live in the canyons of city skyscrapers or in mountain wilderness, you are surrounded by nature. Nature is inside you too.
We are part of a movement towards restoration of wild places, plants and people. From restorative tree walks to habitat restoration in your yard, learn to read your microclimate, garden with nature, and underline the rest in restore.
Wild literacy is a journey. Restore nature, restore yourself.
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Online workshops for Do-It-Yourself gardeners working to restore habitat in the patch of ground you call home. Restore nature, restore yourself. Beginners welcome!
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The Heart of Reading Nature
What you notice and how you listen, tell a story about your place in nature. Do you feel like a part of nature, or apart? Are you outside looking in, or inside looking out? How we read nature reflects how we understand ourselves in relation with nature. Wild literacy begins with an awareness of the lens from which you tend to read nature. Are you viewing a place from a scientist’s outsider lens, your own feeling of a place, or both? Reading nature is not just a skill, but an approach that balances different ways of knowing to guide decisions. We aim for a balanced approach to nature drawing from both head and heart, science and art, utility and beauty.
I think one of the big problems with science that has led to an awful lot of unintentional cruelty is this division between head and heart. And the perception that a good scientist must be totally objective and that emotion mustn’t come into it, to me that’s very wrong. To me, only when head and heart work in harmony can we achieve our true human potential.
– Dr. Jane Goodall in Opening a Dialogue, MasterClass