New Zealand, like the rest of the world, is facing conservation, climate change and sustainability challenges. Mental wellbeing is also a growing concern. Pace of life, academic stress, over-structured time and technology addiction are major factors.
The goal of our work with children and young adults is to nurture their love for Nature. Nature is essential for our mental and physical wellbeing - this wisdom has been part of world cultures for thousands of years and there is now a large body of scientific evidence behind this. Love for Nature increases our mental wellbeing, fosters increased awareness for the environment, builds compassion, and manifests as kaitiakitanga.
We pursue these aspirations by giving students the opportunity to spend time in Nature, exploring and experimenting with mindful nature photography. The students learn digital photography skills, expand their creative writing, and enhance their ability to see the wonders of the natural world all around them. They love seeing their photographs printed, enjoy writing captions and are thrilled when they see their work published in books.
We believe that by forming deep connections and love for our natural environment, we are happier, more compassionate, conserve what we love, and live sustainably. This fuels our passion to work with diverse communities, ages, and schools, so we can contribute to fostering a more sustainable society and planet for us all.
"Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better."- Albert Einstein
"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."
- Rachel Carson