Photo by Jason O'Brien (Cropped from original)

What Nature Means During a Pandemic

The OSU Extension Master Naturalist Program asked its Master Naturalists and trainees what nature means to them in an unprecedented time of a global pandemic. On March 23rd, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued a Stay At Home order to keep Oregonians and their communities safe and "flatten the curve" of the COVID-19 virus's spread.

With this order, many who would normally seek the rejuvenating qualities of nature through hiking, wildlife and wildflower viewing, and other outdoor recreational activities are now being asked to stay close to home and not venture out onto public trails and public lands without a 6-foot separation. Local, County and State Parks are all closed due to this order.

How does nature resonate with Master Naturalists when they, as with all of us, are asked to change their lives to keep everyone healthy? We asked them to share their thoughts. This page contains video and written reflections. Scroll through this page to see both.

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