A New Definition of Nature: Now What?

While creating a new definition of nature is a theoretical discussion, the implications are practical, real, and important for our everyday lives. Our relationship with nature is an undercurrent to many fundamental parts of our day and the world such as urban planning, our hobbies and weekend activities, our access to safe living spaces andContinue reading “A New Definition of Nature: Now What?”

What is Nature? Importance of a New Definition

As we continue to build bigger, more expansive and industrial cities, and climate change poses a greater threat than ever, we must redefine what “nature” is. We cannot spend all our energy preserving magnificent natural landscapes to only forget about the nature at our door that is being destroyed. It is crucial to maintain andContinue reading “What is Nature? Importance of a New Definition”

What is Nature? Traditional Definitions of Nature in America

The American idea of “nature” is rooted in the vision of early settler-colonists as they crossed over to the Americas in the 1600 and 1700s. With many settler-colonists arriving from countries like England, the expanse of seemingly open space was shocking and exciting to the founders of colonies like Jamestown, Williamsburg, and later Boston andContinue reading “What is Nature? Traditional Definitions of Nature in America”

What is “Nature”? February Content Series

Happy February! We hope you took some time in January to get outside and start the year grounded in the natural world. I’ve been in Maine recently, and it has been cold but filled with opportunities to get outside and appreciate the winter landscape. For the month of February we are starting a new contentContinue reading “What is “Nature”? February Content Series”

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! As January 2022 begins to take shape, it is both refreshing and daunting to be faced with a new year. 2021 was unimaginably taxing and challenging, so a new year brings the hope for a better year and forward progress. However, the many movements for social reform, the COVID-19 pandemic, and politicalContinue reading “Happy New Year!”


Welcome to the daily challenge #Outside2020! This is a daily challenge to get outside in an urban setting. While these activities are centered around the current situation, the global COVID-19 pandemic, they are timeless ways to interact with nature. What is the challenge? This is a daily photo challenge on Instagram. Each day we postContinue reading “#Outside2020”