“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you…
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~ John Muir
If you follow me on Twitter, you know they call me the #playoutdoors lady. It’s a title I wear proudly. Well, I just spent a few days with my people. My tribe. People across North America working to help connect children and nature. The thing I really love about the Children and Nature Network is the spirit of collaboration and lack of need to own the movement, which is, as it should be.
We should all be working together to get kids and adults alike outside. Whether you care about conservation, education, public health, recreation, developmental psychology, environmental justice, the creativity of the future workforce, or…
You see, it does not matter what angle you are interested in or what professional hat you wear. It doesn’t matter how big or small your organization is, or if you are out there on your own, beating the drum and reminding people that there is a beautiful world out there that they need to remember to be a part of. It doesn’t matter where you are from or whether you are a parent or not. None of it matters.
Today, tomorrow, and always there will be great personal and societal benefit for spending time outdoors. For getting to know the world around you and your place in it. For sharing those lessons, breath-taking vistas, and moments of wonder that can only be found when we take the time to slow down and head outside, allowing the most basic parts of ourselves to be restored.
Someone recently asked me why I do what I do. It’s simple, really. I do this because I firmly believe that life is meant for living. That happiness is found in simple moments of beauty, in connecting with ourselves and nature, and not only in being stewards of the Earth, but in stewards of our humanity. It troubles me to see so much lost in the never ending quest for more, so I write, and speak, and connect with others who want the same thing — even if it is for different reasons from my own.
So, I invite you to join me and my tribe — to join all the people across the globe that are doing their part to make a difference on personal or professional levels. In backyards and schoolyards. In parks, big and small. In nature centers, community gardens, and arboretums.
Join us. Get outside and play. Pass it on. Together our voices are strong.
See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru