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The Nature Connection Project

Tell us your nature connection story! We’d love to know how, where and why you connect with nature. Is it looking out the window, gardening, walking, fishing, being with your pet…? This website is a home for stories about what nature means to people like you.

Send us a picture, write a short story, a poem, make a video or audio recording on your phone. Your creative responses will be lovingly cared for while researchers gain insights into how nature connection impacts Australia’s health, wellbeing and environmental future. 

What do we mean by Nature Connection?

Part philosophy and part practice, nature connection is about our human relationship with non-human nature. Your stories will help our research team understand how, where and why we connect, and how connecting benefits us and nature.

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Featured Stories

Why I Love Nature

"We live here, which is a rural town, because it’s close to the country, to the sea, to the ocean,...
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Lucky Break

"My passion - my real passion - would be gardening. It has been for quite a few years, ever since...
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Loving The Night Sky at Jackeys – Third Trip This Year

Text description: A photo of a dark clear night sky with the black silhouettes of native Australian plants and trees...
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From Karoo to Tasmania

"What’s been helping me to feel at home is we’ve been exploring a lot of nature here. We’ve gone on...
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Up in the Hills

Way, way back in time, the world was covered in massive forests and primitive plants. Paleontologists call it the Paleozoic...
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Climate Loving Mama

"…having just become a mum eight months ago, I’ve noticed more the impact of connection with nature on my newborn...
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Ready to share your nature connection story?

Your story can be about any way that you connect with or experience nature – where you go, what you do, what you see, feel, hear. You can describe a place, or your experience, or tell us about something that happened. The Nature Connection research team will use all the stories to build our understanding of what nature connection is, and its benefits. Your story will help create positive changes to health and environmental policies, and help connect others with nature too.

* Note for storytelling facilitators! Our Project resources can be used to help you run storytelling activities with people in your workshops. If participants would like to “publish” their story on the website – which we hope they do! – please make sure you follow the Three Step process (above) in ensure that the necessary information sheets are read and consent forms signed – noting the special instructions for people Under the age of 15. The published stories are the core of the research, so these things are really important!

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Project Partners

This project is jointly funded by The University of Tasmania and the Australian Government under the National Environmental Science Program

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