Below you will find an overview and resources pertaining to one of nine of the Evolved Nest's Components. Click below to return to the Evolved Nest's Components' Overview page to see the full list and to click on the other eight components' pages.
What to do:
• Let your child wander around outside exploring the natural world.
• Go to local, state and national parks with your child and let them have as much freedom as possible.
• Talk about the rest of the natural world as part of your community.
• Learn about local animals and plants and what they need to thrive.
• Get involved in local outdoor family clubs.
One of the known causes for the planetary crises humanity is facing currently (e.g., global warming, climate instability, melting glaciers, toxic pollution, biodiversity loss) is the lack of caring for the rest of nature and the sense of separation from it (T. Berry, 1999; W. Berry, 2012). Our species is a creature of the earth and has evolved with the rest of the natural world, which preserves us.
You, your children, your family are invited to discover ways to connect with nature, renew your ecological attachment, and restore your living connection to the Earth.
Dr. Darcia Narvaez and her students did an experiment to increase ecological attachment—nature connection—through small daily practices. Each day participants practiced one activity that increased attention to and being grateful for the natural world. See here for the press release about the study, published in EcoPsychology.
Take up the Eco Attachment Dance to expand your own ecological attachment through an Instagram challenge. Each day for 28 days an activity will be posted for you to practice that day. Each activity takes about 5 minutes (though you can go longer).
Click here to follow the dance on Instagram.
VISIT THE ECO ATTACHMENT DANCE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Discover the Evolved Nest articles on Kindred Media here.
Discover Darcia Narvaez's posts on Psychology Today here.
Darcia's Blogs on Indigenous Wisdom
Darcia's Blogs on Nature
Practitioner Guide to Assessing Connection to Nature Our goal in creating this guide is to provide practitioners, organizations, researchers, and others with a “one-stop shop” for measuring nature connections.
Eco Attachment Dance. Eco Attachment Dance is part of the Evolved Nest Initiative, a web resource to help individuals, families, and communities nest or re-nest themselves. Eco Attachment Dance aims to help human beings reengage their connection to the natural world.
Darcia Narvaez, PhD, presents the Nature Connection component of the Evolved Nest to her students at the University of Notre Dame.
Connecting to Nature: Indigenous Wisdom Meets Neurobiology; Darcia Narvaez & Four Arrows
Listen to the full Evolved Nest Podcast Series