The purpose of NatureConnect NW is to foster and empower kinship with Earth and all her creatures.
Our vision is humanity living according to Nature’s guidance,
in harmony with the web of life.
We revere Nature as Source, healer teacher, inspiration and primary guide.
We practice connection through deep listening, stillness, curiosity, gratitude, willingness and doing no harm.
We create safe haven, inviting, nourishing, witnessing, heart speaking, and tending to safety and well being of all.
We act from the heart with care, receiving what comes with grace and gratitude, walking in beauty.
NatureConnect NW Programs
NatureConnect Escapes are simple, short, sweet adventures participating in the natural beauty and bounty of the seasons in our home terrain. Family friendly, multi-generational, affordable. In the past year we have witnessed spring migration at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, kayaked Estacada Lake to take in the fall colors, followed the tracks of animals along the floodplain at Oxbow Regional Park, and exploring the edges at Smith & Bybee Lakes.
NatureConnect Excursions are 2-4 day trips into the wild where our connection opportunities are determined by the landscape, waters, trees, creatures and what they evoke in us. We travel to many ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest: mountains, deserts, rivers, lakes, wetlands, grasslands, coastal forests and beaches. Excursions begin with the journey from home to our destination, leaving behind busyness, electronics, rushing and tasks. On arrival NatureConnect traditional practices help us drop deeply into place and community. Each Excursion has both outer and inner landscapes to explore, shared and solo time, storytelling and deep listening, always looking to Nature as Source, healer teacher, inspiration and primary guide.
NatureConnect Journeys are 5 or more day adventures that allow for ranging farther from home, traveling across a landscape deeply understanding it’s biosystems, history, indigenous peoples, threats and challenges.
Tending the Wild projects focus on habitat restoration and conservation of natural and wild places. Often we partner on these events with kindred organizations. We may be surveying birds on Powell Butte with Portland Parks. We might clear trails with Washington Association for Trails. We may participate in a local EcoBlitz with Metro to inventory species in a designated natural area. We may join Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) planting native trees and shrubs to restore and overgrazed river bank. NatureConnect NW has also launched its own efforts to support the recovery of Monarch Butterfly populations and other pollinator species. We constructed our first Monarch Waystation in March 2016, with other waystations in the planning stages.
Wanna Come Along? Often, members of the NatureConnect Council hatch a plan to go out and practice our skills in bird language, dragonfly identification, tracking, or something else we love. We'll let you know about these informal meet-ups so you can share the experience and learn along with us. Or we join up with a partner organization for a nature event or project, and spread the word by inviting you to come along. Watch our mailings and see our partner list to explore further.