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Be in Nature

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:06

Appreciate the rivers at Alpengirl Girls CampInspiring a love of nature and facilitating access and appreciation for nature is what Alpengirl is all about. It is proven that influence from the natural world - that being in Nature - is healthy. From breathing deep of fresh, clean air to feeling the warmth of sunshine on the skin to visually and audibly taking in the beauty of a natural space, nature stimulates all of our senses. Nature’s influence is beneficial not just to our physical being, but also to our mental and emotional selves. 

Alpengirl personifies what it means To Be In Nature - it’s the reason Alpengirl exists!

Nature nurtures, and is important for general health and for healing. Think about it for a second. When someone is ill or in the hospital recovering, it is customary to present a gift of colorful flowers or a potted plant verdant with health and vitality. In this way, since the patient doesn’t have access to nature, or the outdoors, some of it is brought in to them. 

Having fun outdoors in nature at Alpengirl Girls CampAble-bodied or not, Alpengirl believes it is important to commune with nature whenever possible to maintain and promote our healthiest selves. Communing with nature can occur in simplest of forms, like appreciating the view or nearby landscaping, or watering and caring for plants in our home or yard. Walks in your local parks or green spaces, hikes and bike rides on local trails and longer-term excursions like camping and backpacking can promote all aspects of health. 

Alpengirl seeks to grow the consciousness of teen girls to become stewards of the natural world and to influence those around them to notice, enjoy and to love nature, as we do. Alpengirl is aware of the host of benefits that come from any array of activities in nature ranging from simple to challenging, and Alpengirl loves seeing the positive influence they can have.

Kids connecting with nature at girls summer campActivity in nature enhances cognitive function in the brain, and areas associated with happiness and positive emotional health. The influence of nature helps to calm the mind and to more readily tap into dormant creativity and inspirations that assist us in our lives.

Nature is the best stress reducer any of us have access to. When we are close to nature or enveloped in it, we are removed from the daily things that are causing stress, and the influence of nature can better equip us to deal with those concerns.

Engaging in physical activity while out doors increases exposure to the healthful benefits of vitamin D and is more productive than engaging in similar activity in doors. Nature motivates us and can influence amazing personal growth and access to inner strength. 

Nature and kids outdoors in WashingtonNature provides access to fresh air, which produces clean lungs, a healthy mind, and promotes general calm. 

Alpengirl encourages you to find nature in your own environment and take time to appreciate it. Engage in the benefits of nature’s influence and share it with the people in your life. One by one, you can enjoy better outcomes from your endeavors, build better relationships, and influence stronger community. 

One of the best ways that you can immerse yourself and influence those around you to enjoy more of the outdoors and nature is to embark on your own wilderness adventure like those offered by Alpengirl. With support and nurturing from gifted and experienced Alpenguides and the encouragement and camaraderie of fellow campers, you can get out there, breathe deep, and benefit.

~ By Contributing Writer & Former Alpenguide Kimberley Green