Nature – Lindys Graphics Sat, 10 Jul 2021 05:04:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nature – Lindys Graphics 32 32 Ruud Kleinpaste: Connections with nature Sat, 10 Jul 2021 03:29:00 +0000

Natural connections

With the school holidays approaching and the often changeable winter days, here are some of my observations on how to connect kids with nature. I have noticed that bombarding children with science and scientific principles is generally not a good introduction to working in and with nature. Each person has different interests and they are the ones who make the connection.

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If you have kids, there’s no doubt everyone is different – you might like to run outside. While the other is content to play with lego; or build roads with trucks, set opossum traps; Technology. Another likes to draw or paint, read a book or take part in role plays….

When working with students or teachers, I often tell stories, use the language, or play the piano. And all of these activities have a very beautiful connection with our natural world.

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Image by Kate Parker – Kowhai and the Giants

For example, Ilast week I received a book from Kate Parker “Kowhai and the giants”And basically it’s Predator-Free NZ via a historical journey in story format. Well that’s what I see in this book … bBut you can also interpret it as an indigenous story of the discovery of Aotearoa. It is a magical creature “Kowhai” who collects light for giant trees, in a land in perfect ecological harmony. “Kowhai” climbs trees and lives in this ecosystem with all the – now – rare birds of our country. These scenes were originally designed as three-dimensional dioramas, lit from behind. Carefully cut out some trees and vegetation that you can totally lose yourself in and In inspiring images that take you back in time. And then the boats come… with people… and rodents; a lot of ships, a lot of people and a lot of parasites …scary stuff. As far as I know, we are the only species (on the planet) that can tell stories and that – in my opinion – is one of the most powerful ways to get us out of the mess we find ourselves in.

Painting – for the program:

A few years ago I saw some real first drawings by a very famous New Zealand painter; he made these drawings when he was 7, 8 or 9 years old

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Here is a weka, a kiwi and a tui and notice how he wrote a “W”, a “K” and a “T” on these pictures – as if he discovered the alphabet if its art! By the way, if you look at these drawings, you might recognize the very beginnings of Don Binney’s artistic career!


Listen to the sounds of nature – what do you recognize? Who sings ? Can you transcribe the notes of the bellbird, blackbird or yellow hammer?


Some teachers are able to create school productions from the stories you find in nature. Connections between caterpillars and their host trees, predators that hunt their prey and weta using second-hand dwellings made by a driller, deep in a tree … much more exciting than Shortland Street!


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Flagstaff Center Helping Young Men Recover From Addiction Through Nature | Featured Articles Thu, 08 Jul 2021 22:07:00 +0000

FLAG (3TV / CBS 5) – Unlike traditional treatment centers, Back2Basics helps young men overcome their addiction problems through nature and outdoor activities.

Back2Basics is a Flagstaff-based treatment center that uses the outdoors to help young men overcome their addiction issues. Through hiking, rafting, surfing and mountain biking, men are encouraged to work as a team to meet challenges and increase their autonomy. Men learn the importance of teamwork, leadership, self-awareness and more.

The program lasts up to six months for young men between the ages of 18 and 30 struggling with drug addiction. Men are also encouraged to join the “Beyond the Basics” program, which is an additional six-month program that brings clients back to everyday life after overcoming addiction.

Back2Basics has taken young men all over the Southwest, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Zion National Park and more. The center also offers a culinary program, where young men can learn the basics of cooking, learn about food and nutrition, and work in a kitchen team.

The program is set on weekly schedules to help young adults stay active through outdoor excursions, but also focuses on individual and group therapy, fitness, and personal time.

For more information about the program and the center, visit or call (928) 707-6277.

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Opinion: does nature really heal? Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:00:31 +0000

Editor’s Note

When Erin malsbury took charge of this week’s cover story Green problem, that was originally … well, let’s just say we didn’t choose exactly what it was about. What we did know was that throughout the pandemic people talked about how “nature heals“—But the scientific evidence for this anecdotal observation was far from ideal. We wanted to know how much nature actually heals and tell this story in a way that has yet to be done.

As she always does, Malsbury has found a way to do just that. She had taken into account many factors of what scientists call the “anthropause– air pollution, state of the oceans, etc. – but the one thing that kept coming back was noise. Specifically, the sudden reduction in it during the pandemic and how it was affecting wildlife in a remarkable way. What was even more remarkable was the hard data scientists now have on this subject, which is presented in his article. What surprised me most were the unexpected manifestations of this phenomenon – most of us probably suspected that the pandemic had increased animal incursions into civilization, but did any of us think that this change the sound of songbirds? Or the stress levels of whales? It’s a fascinating story; I highly recommend that you read it. Malsbury will also be talking about his article on Wednesday July 7 on KSQD’s “Cruz News and Views” (3 pm-4pm, 90.7FM).


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