New ways to connect with nature
See like me!
Have you ever wondered how a tiny insect sees us and the world around them? What about how things look from a bird’s eye view? How do you look at things around you? What if you tried looking at things in a different way. What would you see? Let’s find out.
Ranger Dani takes us on a seeing adventure, looking at things from the perspective of a tiny bug, a high-flying bird, and finally…as her own human self!
It’s time to listen
Have you ever watched a kangaroo in the wild and noticed how its ears are constantly swivelling around listening to sounds in all directions? Active listening is an very important outdoor survival and awareness skill and we will show you how it works.
In this activity you’re invited to tune into the sounds in the landscape around you from all directions - North, South, East, and West. If you don’t know where these directions are, think about what time of day it is and where the sun rises (hint: East) and sets (hint: West), or quickly check the compass on your phone, or just listen to the sounds to your left, right, behind and in front of you.
I like to move it, move it
There are many ways to move through the world. Trying to move like an animal, plant, or tree that you observe can be a wonderful way to connect with your surroundings.
In this video, Ranger Louise demonstrates how to move like a tree blowing in the breeze, maybe you’ll want to join her and grow into a tree too!
In many Indigenous cultures people mimic the movements of animals in their dances and ceremonies to communicate important information about the natural world. In this activity we can learn about and connect to nature through embodying animals and trees. Many yoga poses are also named after animals and trees. Want to try some?
Let’s get some inspiration from the natural environment around us.
Can you see any trees?
Let’s move and breathe like a tree.
Breathe in and take both arms out to the sides and up over your head until your palms come together to touch. As you breathe out lower your arms down back to your sides. Repeat this a few times. Then, breathe in and take both arms up overhead until your palms come together. As you breathe out, bend sideways to the right, keeping your palms clasped together overhead. Breathe in and come back to centre. Breathe out and bend to sideways to the left, keeping your palms together. Repeat this a few times, leaning side to side, stretching.
Let’s look around for other animals. Can you….
Keep going for as long as you like!
Time to touch!
Have you ever run your hand along the bumpy texture of tree bark? Do you know if the soil below your feet feels warm or cold or something in between? Here at the park, there is so much to explore and observe through touch.
Join Ranger Dani as she tries to find some of the items from the touch scavenger hunt! How many do you think she’ll find?
Let’s go on a scavenger hunt through the park. How many different textures can you feel around you? *Make sure to touch all living things with gentle care. *
Did you feel anything that wasn’t on the list? What was it?
Find and explore different textures using your feet instead of your hands … or roll around in the leaves (you can close your eyes for an extra sensational experience!)
What’s that smell?
We all stop to smell the flowers from time to time, but have you ever stopped to smell the soil? What about a tree, or a blade of grass? Do you think everything in nature as its own unique smell? If you take the time to slow down and smell what surrounds you, you just might smell something new!
Join Ranger Dani as she takes the time to let her nose discover the unique smells around her.
Now it’s your turn:
Creating different smells