Nature Practice: Week 2

Sam Iwinski

This week, my partner and I decided to finally clean up our backyard. To give some context, our backyard becomes very muddy and wet when it rains, snow melts, or if our dog digs (which is now a usual occurrence). We decided to cover some holes, lay down a tarp, and clean up our deck for more optimal seating. After we did this, we were able to feel more comfortable using our backyard and relax with some tiki torches and the trees’ sounds. My dog may still get extremely muddy when in the backyard, but now I feel like we have a calmer and more organized place to sit and relax. I always loved hanging out in my backyard as a kid, so it is very important to me to have this outdoor space to explore and grow.

Brendan Murney


To kick off the week, I had a busy schedule which stressed me out. I had to take care of volleyball administrative duties as well as schoolwork. Around 7 p.m. I went for a walk while listening to music. It has become sort of a routine for me to get outside and walk in order to destress and get back into a positive mindset.


To start off my morning, I showered and then had an exam to take in one of my classes. The exam went well and then I went for a bike ride around campus. I stopped near the South Quad and sat on a bench under the Bell Tower and enjoyed the sight of the purple flowers on either side of me.


I just got back home after sitting in the grass of the Main Quad for a couple hours while getting some homework done and watching lectures. I think I might have gotten a little sunburnt under my eyes which makes me happy. Although sunburn is not always fun, I feel happy about it because the weather is getting much nicer.

Adrianna Glisen

This week was very warm, so although I was suffering from a terrible cold, I went on a walk to the quad and spent some time sitting on the bench in front of the English building. Having graduated in December, I haven’t spent much time on the quad, and it was so nice to sit down and take in the scene and fresh air again.

Andrea Blood

This week we finally got some nicer weather which made going outside a much more pleasant experience. I took advantage of the weather by taking a walk around the quad and other parts of campus with some friends and ended the excursion off by grabbing some bubble tea. It felt nice to leave my bulky winter coat, hat, and gloves at home for once and I’m hoping that’s something I get to do a lot more as spring gets closer and closer. I didn’t realize exactly how much I missed being able to comfortably walk outside and it felt like I was able to take in nature in a way I really hadn’t since winter started. When the sun is out I can physically feel my mood lighten and I just had more motivation to get work done. Although the weather was by no means hot, it did kickstart my excitement for summer and all the outdoor activities that come with warmer weather (and not to mention a break from schoolwork).

Maya’s Humans in Nature Weekly Journal

Journal Entry: 02/15/21 – 02/21/21

This week’s weather was extremely cold. Consistent snowfall and ice covered the sidewalks and streets. I was also very preoccupied this week; may I say drowning in school work. After attending my lectures and completing other daily school requirements, I was especially stressed for my first big exam in my human development and recreation course. To apply a source of nature in my routine, and reduce stress when I found needed, I decided to take breaks and color! I thoroughly enjoy an adult coloring book while listening to some music. And so far, I have colored one of my favorite places: Honolulu Hawaii!

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Nature Practice: Week 1

The goal of the HIN Project is to encourage people to #GetOutside – or to use Nature to foster restoration and well-being. As we approach a year of living with cancellations, lockdowns, isolation, and distancing due to Covid-19, we thought we would practice what we preach. For the next few weeks, our staff will document their attempts at going to nature or bringing nature inside! Here is what we did in our first week.

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Jennifer: Week 1

Day 1: On the 7th day of my 30 day yoga challenge, it’s helping me move and stretch my body from being on a couch or bed all day.

Day 2: Had Zoom meetings and classes all day. I had a hard time maintaining focus because I was locked in my bedroom from morning to night. I put a 10-hour Ocean YouTube video to keep my room serene. I did my 8th day of yoga before bed which was nice.

Day 3: Finally reached Friday. My friends and I decided to Zoom and have our own mini happy hour while playing interactive games with our phones. It was hard and did not have the same feeling, but it was nice to see everyone’s face.

Day 4: Missed yesterday’s yoga challenge so I did day 9 and 10 today. Today I am just doing basic apartment tasks. Having a possible game night with my roommates tonight.

Day 5: Sunday is still the day of more homework. My daily routine has become yoga and homework and more stretching when I don’t feel like doing homework anymore.

Day 6: Monday was more class and meetings. I had a hard time focusing today. My roommates and I went on the quad to soak up the sun and play cards.

Day 7: Besides yoga and homework, I’m starting to experiment with more recipes. I am enjoying my new found hobby for cooking and yoga.

Rachel: Week 1

Wednesday 3/25

Needed some fresh air so I went on a walk with my mom and dog through the park near my house

Thursday 3/26

I was very stressed out so I decided I should start doing yoga again. I did a 30 minute yoga video on Youtube (yoga with Adrienne)

Friday 3/27

My family and I watched a comedy movie because we all needed a good laugh. The movie was called Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.

Sat 3/28

The weather was not the nicest this day, but I went on a quick walk with my dad and brother. I also like doing Zumba/ dance workouts so I did a quick 20 minute video on Youtube.

Sun 3/29

I wanted to get in a good workout so I did a 40 minute dance workout on Youtube. (Fitness Marshall)

Monday 3/30

We had a family game night! We played 2 rounds of Scattegories and of course my dad won. I also did a 20 minute yoga practice. 

Tuesday 3/31

My dad’s friend was having a coloring contest on Facebook, so we printed out the coloring sheet and my entire family sat down an colored for 30 minutes!