Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart.
If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.
— Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods
Along my journey I have developed relationships and worked with people from around the world who believe that every person has the birthright to flourish surrounded by a loving community of people who mutually support each other to have health and happiness, vitality, meaning, purpose, hope, empathy, caring and other benefits of connection.
— Jon Young, Founding Voice of the Nature Connection Movement

The Art and Science of Nature Connection Education...

  • Human beings are hardwired with an affinity for the natural world. Our overall health and well-being is enhanced by spending a significant amount of time in nature.
  • All of our senses are activated and receiving information when we are immersed in nature. The impact of this full body, direct experience learning is both subtle and profound.
  • Nature is the source of inspiration and creativity for great visual and performance art, music, movement, philosophy, writing, engineering, design, service, innovation, invention, medicine...
  • Regular practice of Core Routines of Nature Connection fosters resiliency, resourcefulness, confidence, independence and interdependence, expression, reflection, strength, flexibility, empathy, compassion, peacemaking, and joy!
  • Regenerative practices and solutions for complex environmental concerns emerge when we participate with the interconnected systems and unfolding stories in nature.

Outside Now... growing a resourceful, resilient, next generation ready to express innate gifts, care for one another, and tend the wild