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In the series of how nature impacts us, Marghanita Hughes has a perspective that brings to the fore the importance of the arts as a vehicle for looking at nature and creating a place for art. Oft times in our trying to partition academic disciplines, we leave the arts as an aside. It is integral and is essential. One cannot separate it any more than we can separate hearing and seeing, they interconnect. When we love something, we want to know more about it, we are more inclined to protect it because it has value. So it is with nature and how the arts can make us more connected to our environment. As Marghanita says: "Life is truly beautiful....what is loved will survive...we protect what we love!"

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What does nature mean to you? How does it impact you? Each of us sees it and feels differently yet profoundly. I asked Richard Louv author of many books, the first of note was Last Child in the Woods., to share what came to his mind about the impact of nature upon him. He most graciously consented to provide his thoughts.

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This is a part of the series for Connecting to Nature. The question that has been posed is: How does nature impact you. Each person who has shared has provided their feelings about this on a personal basis. Joseph Bharat Cornell is noted in the field and has been contributing for a long time. Listen to what he has to say and I ask after you have done this, share with our blog how nature has impacted you.

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Asking the question of persons involved in environmental education, how has nature impacted you personally, I posed this question to a stellar sustainability educator in Western Austria. Ing, Bertram Meusburger is not only an educator but was involved in the arts/dance. His work and passion is helping immigrants from Syria and other countries who have come to Bregenz Austria.

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How do we connect to nature as individuals. The second in a series of how nature impacts us, this piece continues to ask the question, how and what does nature do for us. In this segment Rolland Smith shares two stories that were conjured up as a result of asking the questions.

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Connecting nature is not exclusive to the field of environmental educators; I find it interesting how little we hear about what connecting to nature does for people both in the field and in other endeavors. So I posed to several people how does connecting to nature impact you personally, emotionally, intellectually, and affectively. This is the first of a few posts from persons inside and outside of the field. After reading I challenge all of our readers to share on this blog how connecting nature impacts you.

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Bird feeding is one way to connect us to the natural world and to learn informally or formally. In my case this story is one of problem solving and uncanny lessons that are humorous. Please read and share your own story of connecting to nature....

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Wendell Berry a writer/poet and Poet Laureate of Kentucky is someone who begs us to go outside into nature....because it offers respite and is a home to reflection and renewal. Yes, the arts help us make connections to nature, encourage us to think and feel and listen and touch....Wendell Berry eloquently does this in his poem, The Peace of Wild Things.