Personal Story: Tess

Beginning at a young age, I went to an outdoor overnight camp. For 7 summers in a row, I spent 4 weeks outdoors at this camp, and for my last summer I chose to stay 8 weeks rather than 4 because I loved it so much. Each day we ate our meals outdoors, had bonfires, and had different outdoor activities of our choosing. My favorite outdoor activities were horseback riding, water skiing/wakeboarding, and outdoor living skills. This time spent in nature every summer from ages 10-16 made a large impact on how I choose to cope with different stressors in my life, and greatly influenced my love for nature. Whenever I am really stressed out or am overthinking something, I like to walk outside and play music as I focus on taking deep breaths of fresh air and look at the world around me. Enjoying nature from such a young age really made a difference in how I cope with daily stressors and has made an impact on my mood and ability to complete tasks throughout the day. 

Personal Story: Cristina

“When your love for the ocean is greater than the fear of drowning: darling, you will surely swim”-sonia.

This is a quote that has a lot of meaning ever since I discovered it. I like it because it connects nature to self courage and beliefs; I took it as, as long as we appreciate nature, it will do no harm to us. You are meant to discover love and that beats anything.

Personal Story: Elida

Embracing nature to the fullest has been one of the biggest nurturing aspects of my life. Growing up, I was taught the benefits and magic of herbal and natural remedies. These teachings along with outdoor excursions have followed me into adulthood. As I continue to explore new places and learn more about our earth, I have become more aware of what I need to do to conserve it and taught others the beauty of being outdoors! 

Personal Story: Terese

Growing up, my parents always encouraged me to go outside or play sports. My friends and family made me view nature and the activities I do outdoors as a form of joy. As I grew older and had more responsibilities part of my life, I started to appreciate nature even more as it became a convenient way to relieve stress. Going outside for a walk or activity has become a part of my daily life which I appreciate.

My top activities include softball, volleyball, working out, and snowboarding!