Programs that take underserved kids up to a national park so that they can spend a night or two camping are great, but that’s not where real nature connection is going to occur. It’s going to happen locally, so we need to find ways to “re-nature” our backyards, schoolyards, and parks so people can have these experiences daily. Seeing a bull elk or a bear once is less transformative than seeing the same place every day with new eye because you’ve learned to look at it differently – for example, watching the flowers and birds come and go with the seasons.
– Scott Sampson, in an interview with Allie Ferguson in Land&People, Fall/Winter 2013, pp. 27-29. Check out Sampson’s blog The Whirlpool of Life, follow him on Twitter at @DrScottSampson, or like his Facebook page, Dr. Scott Sampson.