Being in nature is good for us physically, emotionally, spiritually. Even a brief stroll through a forest can be calming, energizing, restorative. Children who play in natural settings gain not only the health benefits of physical activity, but they also explore and discover the plant and animal world around them.
There is much evidence that simply viewing natural places is healthy – patients recover faster and need less pain medication when they can view a natural setting from their hospital room window. Office workers fortunate enough to have a natural outdoor view experience less stress and greater job satisfaction than their windowless office mates. Students experience stronger cognitive ability when they have a view of the natural outdoors. While driving in natural settings, we are much more relaxed than we are in urban areas, even outside of rush hour.
We have an inherent connection to the natural world around us. It is, well, natural. And when that connection is strengthened, we live happier, healthier, more prosperous lives.
Our connection to nature, to the land we inhabit, is fundamental to our well-being. The San Juan Preservation Trust plays an important role in helping connect people to special island places, not only by protecting special areas in their natural state, but also by making these places accessible to us all.
Each year, we offer a varied menu of opportunities for our members and their families to be in the natural world that we work to protect. You can join a guided forest walk, paddling and biking excursion, mushroom hunt, or berry-picking or nature scavenger hunt. You can visit properties not otherwise accessible, properties that are privately-owned and protected with conservation easements. While partaking in these recreational activities, our members enjoy the beauty of these natural places, but your experience does not stop there. You discover, learn about the remarkable lands around you.
Whether you enjoy simply viewing an undeveloped island valley on your drive to the ferry landing, or being in nature — hiking along a conserved ridge top, or kayaking along a protected piece of shoreline — you are likely breathing deeply, calmly, deliciously, while building a stronger connection to your islands.
We’re saving and sharing special island places for you!