Guest blog by Bryan Porten-Willson
We’re looking forward to welcoming acclaimed writer Richard Louv for our Nature Talks series later this month to learn ways to incorporate nature into our daily lives. The author of nine books, Louv is highly knowledgeable about the various ways that nature boosts our health and relaxes us. In his talk, he will explore steps that we can take in our homes, schools, and urban areas to re-establish a connection to the outdoors.
In preparation for the event, we’ve looked through Louv’s most recent book titled Vitamin N (N stands for Nature, of course) for some ideas that we already use in our own programming….or could use in the future! Some highlights include:
— Creating art with natural objects
— Becoming a wild watcher by tracking, journalling, and recording nature. We might add this feature to our awesome monthly Nature’s Hidden Surprises walk!
— Plant natives that attract insects to strengthen build up the food web. We do this all the time through our projects in the city and our upstream communities. You can do this at home, too! Watch for news about our Eco-Friendly Yard workshop this spring.
— Start a container garden on your porch, full of edibles to use in your kitchen! Basil, thyme, mint, rosemary, and lemon balm are some good ones to try, and don’t take up much space. Plus, if you let the plants flower at the end of the season, they’ll provide pollen for pollinators like bees!
Tickets for Nature Talks with Richard Louv on February 28, 2018 from 6 to 8 pm can be purchased here. His talk will be followed by a Meet-the-Author Reception at which you can buy books signed by the author. You can order his books here.
See you at Nature Talks!