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How Nature Makes You More Creative

In 2011, Dr. David Strayer sent 56 people out into the American wilderness.  The locales varied — some people went to Alaska or Washington, others to Colorado — but the rules were the same for everyone: four days backpacking in the wild, disconnected from society.  The hikers spent their days walking through the trees, swimming... Read more »

Optimizing Your Waterflow

In the heat of summer, water usage becomes a hot topic (sorry!) as gardeners seek to keep plants and lawns green and healthy without running up astronomical water bills. And water conservation is becoming an urgent concern, as 40 out of 50 state water managers expect their states to experience water shortages in the coming... Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide to Gardening

In the last decade, a new hobby has taken hold in America: gardening.  More and more people are discovering the joys of keeping a garden. A recent study found that since 2009[*]: 17% more Americans have started gardening 63% more millennials have started gardening 33% of households grow some of their own food Why the... Read more »

Plants are the New Healing Crystals

Throughout history, crystals have been used to promote health and well being, so it’s no wonder that their popularity is on the rise. Plants feature in ancient medicine in much the same way, used to convey energy, vitality, relaxation, and other healthful qualities. In fact, just as you might choose between turquoise, jasper, and rose... Read more »

A Day In The Life: Korean Forest Healing Instructor

In the 1980s, Japan was struggling with a mental health crisis. Its citizens were suffering from depression, anxiety, and suicide at record levels. As the problem grew, the government hired the country’s best psychologists to come up with a solution.   They came back with an idea that would influence Japanese culture for decades: shinrin-yoku, or... Read more »

How Nature Changes Your Brain

In 2013, neuroscientists made a fascinating discovery. As you read this, there’s a tiny part of your brain — right in the middle, between your ears — that’s on the lookout for snakes[*].  That brain region is called the pulvinar. If you’ve ever jumped at a garden hose or an oddly curved stick, you’ve felt... Read more »

10 Things Gardeners Often Neglect

Whether your garden is a cluster of pots on a patio or fire escape or a backyard spanning acres, taking care of demanding plants can be a challenge. Here are 10 things gardeners often overlook that can make a big difference in whether your gardening experience is discouraging or delightful.   Nurturing the Soil  ... Read more »

Why save water when there’s not a drought? It’s time to talk about teleconnections

After years of living through the seemingly never-ending nightmare of a record-setting drought, residents of the American West awoke in 2018 and 2019 to something very different. Take California’s capital city, Sacramento, for instance. The month of May usually averages less than an inch of rainfall. But in 2019, May brought 3.42 inches of rain.... Read more »

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