The outdoors is a good way to spend time with others…

As a child, I was never inside playing video games or stuck sitting behind a glowing screen like today’s generation. I have always been one to prefer being outdoors. Even now when I have an option to get on the next upcoming bus, I prefer to walk to class instead. I encounter new experiences such as seeing people that I’ve never seen before. Each day, I see a different face, never the same one. The outdoors is a good way to spend time with others because you can encounter new experiences with someone else rather than being non-verbally inhibited by social media.

-Adrian Reynoso

Nature has always been an escape for me…

“Nature has always been an escape for me. Growing up in Boy Scouts and in my small town, I was always outdoors. Every time I am out in nature, I experience a wave of awe along with strong feelings of physical and emotional spirituality. Nature is the oldest thing on Earth and needs the upmost preservation and conservation in order for generations to experience the same waves of awe.”

Nolan Legg

I always feel encouraged…

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“Whenever I feel excited or depressed, I like to go to a park and take a walk. There is a park named “Lake of Wood” which has a lovely pond and a forest. I walk and take time contemplating about myself – my goals and plans. After spending some peaceful time in the park, I always feel encouraged and motivated to move on to the next step. Sometimes, the scenery in the park inspires me to write a poem.”

#humansinnature #getouside
Regina Ahn, PhD Student, UIUC

My mind doesn’t have to think about anything else

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“One of my favorite things about being in this environment is that it is serene. I’m surrounded by so much life but yet it’s so peaceful. It’s not the sort of life you’d find in the hustle and bustle of a city, it’s quiet, it’s calming, it’s mine to explore. In the woods there are beautiful things to look at and many sounds to hear. My mind doesn’t have to think about anything else, just be at rest and notice the little things. This environment makes me feel peace and makes me feel joy.” #Humansinnature #GetOutside

Being present in endless green nature, makes me feel relaxed, energetic and passionate

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“Being present in endless green nature, makes me feel relaxed, energetic and passionate. Being outdoor ignites feelings like positive, meaningfulness, and vitality in me – always felt like a positive escape from a daily life stresses. This leads to more free and relaxed mind. Besides from general mind and health advantages, natural environment always teaches me new things. By having an infinite calming effect, the environment perfectly shows how the world is living in harmony from endless plants to endangered animals. Moreover; nature connects, soothes and restores me” #humansinnature #getoutside