Connecting

Connecting with nature is wonderful in many ways. If you love a place you have a duty to protect it. When you love something or someone you want to understand the impact or footprint you will leave behind in its lifetime. We have this desire because when we are gone that is all there is left for others to remember us there by. The same is true for our natural landscape, to best understand your affect you need to learn about your impacts because every decision made leaves an impact. While leaving little to no impacts is the best impact for nature, sometimes that is not possible and that is where environmental education comes into play. The reason for needing all of these believers is to gain more momentum in movements. We need to feel motivated to care about the places we live in and want to protect. A lot of this can be done through creating community support. Community support drives many aspects of people’s lives and when there is a large connection, people want to make the right decisions.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Teddy Roosevelt.

Everyone expresses why nature is important in different ways in regards to their lives- fisherman care about fish and fish sustainability etc. While we may sometimes have deep doubts in certain aspects of environmental issues it only drives a stronger passion into other areas leading people to fall in love with what they care about inspiring creativity and action.

Every environmental education course reaches out to specific audiences to show different messages in hopes to make a connection with at least 1 person. Our significant life experiences, especially with our families can be very powerful. And it is these life experiences that make an impact but to reach the impact depends on an individuals choice to value the significance of an event or not can make all the difference. And sometimes that difference is speaking from experience which allows learners to feel more connected to the educator and what they are saying because they have the first hand knowledge.

Whatever the end result may be: land conservation, recycling, tree planting, composting, creating products with environmentally friendly material, etc- you are building towards and end goal and outcome. And without education, passion, and drive there would not be any successes.

What I have discovered through my coursework reflections is that everything I had been thinking of professionally I was actually creating snippets, stories, papers and projects on throughout the program. All of my artifacts line up with my goals, and I did not even realize it. I thoughts for a long time that I was always way off base and my school work and personal life work were living on different planets. But I was wrong, and everything is very much related and through my reflecting through my artifacts I am pleased that I signed up for this program and chose this course because it is showing me how I wasn’t wasting my time but in reality beginning my focus several years ago to where I am today. 

We often turn to the mountains in search of the pure place where life makes sense. And while our gear helps bring us to these places it becomes more about the connection in the truest sense of what really matters in the world. These moments are enhanced with others- it is a basic human need to want to connect with others on some level. It's more than just sharing a social experience but rather the connections through smiles and laughter that bring the memories forever.

With the prolific amount of photos being shared online, it is easy to forget that everyone is not always off adventuring and living a life that seems more exciting than what you are doing in the moment. What we need to individually remember is that you need to celebrate where you live and adventure in your own backyard. Backyard adventures just as important as big vacation adventures. Backyard adventures are the adventures you go on close to home. When you take the time to get out and explore what is close by. You could spend your whole life dreaming of other places but for what? You should be living your own life rather than being envious of other peoples lives and adventures. Backyard adventures are the perfect way to reconnect us to our local communities getting more people involved and aware of what is going on around them.

How do we connect?

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Teddy Roosevelt.

Everyone expresses why nature is important in different ways in regards to their lives- fisherman care about fish and fish sustainability etc. While we may sometimes have deep doubts in certain aspects of environmental issues it only drives a stronger passion into other areas leading people to fall in love with what they care about inspiring creativity and action.

Every environmental education course reaches out to specific audiences to show different messages in hopes to make a connection with at least 1 person. Our significant life experiences, especially with our families can be very powerful. And it is these life experiences that make an impact but to reach the impact depends on an individuals choice to value the significance of an event or not can make all the difference. And sometimes that difference is speaking from experience which allows learners to feel more connected to the educator and what they are saying because they have the first hand knowledge.

Without EE, there would be a passionless hole in society. There would be no awareness, which would lead to no action. We are building behaviors through EE, with many complexities all seeking out the same message at the end of the day. Whatever the end result may be: land conservation, recycling, tree planting, composting, creating products with environmentally friendly material, etc- you are building towards and end goal and outcome. And without education, passion, and drive there would not be any successes.

 

 

Megan Davin