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Natural History

The origins of forest bathing

June 28, 2018

You’ve probably seen some of the many articles being published on Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing. But this meditative practice isn’t just the latest trend in health and wellness—to understand the origins of forest bathing, we must understand how Japanese culture and the Japanese aesthetic support a unique relationship to nature. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, one of the leading experts […]

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What is Shinrin-Yoku?

June 28, 2018

Simply put, shinrin-yoku is the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day. Learn more about the science behind and benefits of forest bathing with international expert and author of Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, Yoshifumi Miyazaki.

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An interview with Yoshifumi Miyazaki of Shinrin-Yoku

June 28, 2018

Yoshifumi Miyazaki is one of the world’s leading experts on forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of connecting deeply with nature. Here, Miyazaki shares his journey from an inquisitive child to the renowned educator and researcher he is today.

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The significance of trees in Japanese culture

June 28, 2018

Perhaps because such a large part of the country is populated by forest, trees are particularly revered in Japan, and exemplify the relationship of “man in harmony with nature.”

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Everything you need to know to enjoy the wildflowers of Texas

June 7, 2018

No matter where you are in Texas, it is always a short trip to find wildflowers blanketing in numerous national, state, and local lands.

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Hop through the Hole-in-the-Wall at Olympic National Park

May 8, 2018
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The biogeography of Pacific Northwest butterflies

May 8, 2018

Animals and plants occur where they do, and don’t where they don’t, because of particular characteristics of the landscape in concert with their own adaptations and ecological amplitude. Learn more about the butterflies unique to the biogeographic regions of the beautiful Pacific Northwest with help from Robert Michael Pyle and Caitlin C. LaBar, authors of Butterflies of […]

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Find Toads at Todd Lake

April 27, 2018
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Kindred spirits: The lives of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne Shirley

April 25, 2018

When Lucy Maud Montgomery created Anne Shirley, she contributed a memorable character to the rich literature of orphans: Jane Eyre, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn, along with Dickens’s Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Pip of Great Expectations. Each of these children is tested again and again by cruel adults and brutal circumstances, yet each manages […]

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Trek behind Upper Trestle Creek Falls

April 24, 2018

Handcrafted for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers that want to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. Enjoy this trek at Upper Trestle Creek Falls.

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