TAG: Outdoors

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors.

If you haven’t been getting outside enough lately, consider that carving time out in the day for doing so may enhance your creativity, among other things. Researchers from the University of Kansas looked at the effect that being immersed in nature can have on creativity. Interested in finding if being outdoors could elicit measureable brain fluctuations, they performed studies on groups of backpackers ranging in age from 18 to those in their 60’s. The research team took groups of participants on a backpacking excursion in Utah. After being given the Remote Associates Test (RAT), which is a word association assessment… read more

Landscaping Sustainably and Naturally

Landscaping Naturally

There are ways to cultivate your outdoor space without destroying the land’s natural aesthetic or overusing chemicals. Outside areas that are lackluster or have issues that need addressed can be renovated into a fresher space just by adding compatible foliage to the landscaping. To start a planting project off right, buy plants that are sustainably collected. Plant nurseries or legitimate suppliers should be able to tell you the origin of what you are buying. Eco-friendly nurseries are becoming more available that only purchase fairly gathered selections. Also, maintaining outdoor areas with non-toxic products and fertilizers allows them to develop safely… read more

The Child in Nature

Childhood memories

As a child, I spent much of my time outdoors and discovered an early fascination with the nonhuman world. It became the site for rich imaginings and great adventures. And it was home to the animals who became my friends, my confidants, the creatures whose comings and goings showed me many truths about life and death. Growing up in New Zealand, I lived with my grandparents on a 12 acre farm in the Waikato, central North Island. I was surrounded by farm animals – sheep and cattle, pigs, chooks, rabbits, cats and dogs. It was a simultaneously beautiful and brutal… read more

Mother Nature’s Children

Children living with nature

“I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are” (A fourth-grader in San Diego, cited in Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods”) As a young child, I spent most of my days living and playing outdoors. I lived part-time with my grandparents on a small farm in the Waikato, then a rich agricultural region in the central north island of New Zealand. Days were spent playing in the fields, navigating elephant grass, and no doubt tormenting the fowl and pigs and lambs and calves that I considered my best friends at that time. I… read more