Life looks very different than it used to just a few months ago. We have all been facing high levels of stress, tension, and anxiety while we adapt to new routines for work, school, and home life to keep ourselves and other people safe.
But while everyday life may look vastly different than it ever has, there is one thing we can continue to rely on: the sense of renewal, solace, and peace to be found in nature. Spring has arrived in the Upper Delaware River region, and with it, the promise that the seasons will change and we will continue to move forward.
We invite you to find time everyday to step outside, whether to sit in your backyard or to take a walk on a local trail while safely practicing social distancing. Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost the immune system. And, something as simple as actively observing the natural world—noticing what you see, hear, smell, and feel—can immediately benefit your physical and mental health and is an easy activity for the family to do together.
At the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, we work to protect working farms and forests, clean waters, and wildlife habitat now and for future generations, and to offer quality educational programming for all ages. Our staff is working remotely these days, but rest assured that our commitment to the community and to a sustainable future has not changed.
Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and what you can do to protect nature at www.DelawareHighlands.org, and keep up with us and our online educational programming on social media @DHConservancy. All of us at the Conservancy hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you when it is safe for all of us to get together again.
Bethany Zarnowski is the Communications and Development Manager for the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. Founded in 1994, the Conservancy has protected more than 18,000 acres of working farms and forests, clean waters, and wildlife habitat throughout the Upper Delaware River region and coordinates educational events and community programs throughout the year. For more information, visit www.DelawareHighlands.org, call 570-226-3164 or 845-583-1010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.