Before embarking on the five day hike in Queensland, Australia, my number one fear of hiking solo had been snakes. Growing up in New Zealand, we were imbued with the knowledge that Australia was overrun with an endless list of menacing wildlife: crocodiles, sharks, dingoes, snakes, spiders. Danger lurked everywhere. Snakes are scary. … More Confronting Fear: Wisdom From Solo Adventuring
How have you interacted with nature lately? On my recent Christmas holiday in New Zealand, nature encounters abounded, reminding me of nature’s wonder, power and fragility and how integral to our lives it is. … More Holiday Nature Encounters
Does swimming at the beach, bird watching, camping on a mountain side or going for a bush walk affect our behaviour?
Could there be a connection between climbing trees and the likelihood that someone would consider taking action to reduce their ecological footprint? … More Nature Experiences: Good for the Environment?
Children are spending less time in nature than ever before, becoming more sedentary and not having opportunities to intimately interact with nature. Spending time in nature is important for everyone, especially children. It’s also critical if we want to cultivate ecologically minded citizens who respect nature and understand the necessity for both protecting and enhancing it. … More The Importance of Nature Play
The rainy season has arrived in Ranong and with it, many creatures who seem to have invaded my life. The changing seasons remind us of natures presence in our lives, its power and vulnerability. … More Things the Rainy Season Brings