Do you remember the first time you felt a deep sense of wonder? Chances are, this experience happened in nature.
Maybe it occurred watching birds nesting in your backyard, or the first time you saw a seed you planted sprout with tiny fluorescent green leaves. Maybe it was the first time you stood in the glorious shade of a giant oak tree.
Whatever the experience was – you lost track of time. You might have even felt insignificant – transfixed in a moment of appreciation and curiosity. This is at the essence of wonder. These experiences leave us changed in some small way and they become part of our life story.
As we grow up, our lives get busier and sometimes we forget. We forget to pay attention to the subtle sounds and magnificent details of nature all around us. We only need to pause, remember and tap into this continuous cycle of renewal and mystery that is constantly available to us – always giving back and capturing our imagination for what is possible.
We are so grateful that our donors have not forgotten the benevolence of nature. Through your generosity, you have made Big Sur Land Trust a leader in conserving and caring for local lands and connecting our community to many beautiful places throughout Monterey County. Sustained action for local lands is critical – and perhaps even more meaningful – as we transition to life after sheltering in place. If you are able, please consider giving a gift today so that we can continue making the lands you love available to add even more meaning and memories to your life.
And in the meantime, whenever possible, step outside and remember. Find your next story. Find your wonder.
President/CEO, Big Sur Land Trust
Happy Mother’s Day!
Sunday, May 10
To celebrate all the Moms we know, we’ve added more beautiful photos to our collection to download and use as your screen saver and mobile wallpaper.
Bring the beauty of Mother Nature to your devices! Check it out here!
Choose your Sit Spot!
Simply put, a “Sit Spot” is a place outdoors, near your home where you feel comfortable and can visit regularly to slow down and notice patterns in your surroundings.
Put the distractions down, head to your Sit Spot and utilize all your senses to become a part of the natural rhythms happening around you, developing a deeper connection to place and time each day to quiet your mind.
Visit Camper’s Corner for our outdoor programs manager Corinne Calhoun’s Sit Spot activity and stay tuned for more! Be sure to use your headphones for the best listening experience!
Virtual Book Club, The Overstory
Thursday, May 14
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Virtual Book Club
We’re excited to host our first virtual book club to discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Powers, The Overstory.
Jeannette Tuitele-Lewis will host a discussion with professional forester Nadia Hamey and BSLT’s associate director of conservation Nikki Nedeff. This will be an interactive Zoom meeting. RSVP here!