Natural history—the ancient tradition of close, thoughtful attention to the natural world in situ and over time—is experiencing a contemporary revitalization as we realize not only the critical information, but the deep wisdom that can be born through the naturalist’s practice.
Programs, workshops, publications all indicate our rising interest in reconnecting with nature though contemplative observation, critical thinking, and creative arts. I thought you, dear Natural Presence readers, might be interested in knowing of such events, so I’m adding a sidebar (look to your left) where you can find more information about them.
Please feel free to let me know if you have items to suggest that are either of local (if you live in the Pacific Northwest) or broad interest (if you live elsewhere). I’ll update the list regularly, and every so often will post a discussion of some of these interesting opportunities. We want to find what’s precious and grab it when we can!
Nearest on the horizon is the Celebration of Lincoln Park Nature. The first part of the celebration, the evening of April 23, will feature local speakers about the park’s history, present state, and future prospects. And I’m even more excited about the field day on Saturday, April 27, with nature walks led by local naturalists (including yours truly) and workshops with nature artists/writers such as Lyanda Haupt, Denise Dahn, and Cass Nevada. Find out who lives in the forest and near the beach, and how you can respond artistically to our astonishing natural neighbors.
Also coming up soon is the Burke Museum’s workshop called “Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit“ (May 5). Three award-winning writers—David Montgomery, David George Gordon, and Brenda Guiberson—will integrate classroom work and field exercises to help you hone your awareness and your skills.
We could all use a little support as we develop our Natural Presence. Let’s help each other better find nature’s beauty, intelligence, and wisdom.