“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein
Have you ever felt like you’re surrounded by glowing screens? As if all you do is sit in front of your phone, laptop, or iPad and stare as your newsfeed fills with uninteresting updates? Sometimes it can feel like technology puts a wall between us and truly connecting with others. Let’s pretend, for a moment, that there is a place where you can go and reconnect with yourself. In this place, you don’t feel isolated. In this place, you aren’t overloaded by a wall of screens. In this place, you’re free to reflect on the everyday gifts of life. Well, spoiler alert: such a place exists, and you can go there today . . .
Of course, I’m talking about the renewing power of nature. Now is the perfect time to go outside and experience the beauty and peace of the natural world. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy a relaxing stroll through the beautiful South Carolina countryside. And, the best part is: minus the small cost of the entrance fee, parks are free resources where everyone is welcome to visit.
Maintaining a healthy relationship with nature is incredibly easy since South Carolina has over 40 State Parks. Some parks even have free events over the summer that allow for fun, exercise, and connecting with other people. These parks are listed on the South Carolina Department of Parks and Recreation website. Also check out the available National Parks in your area. There are also a ton of City parks maintained by your local county that are not featured on this list.
Preparing for your encounter with nature:
After receiving permission from your foster parent or group home staff (and, hey, maybe even inviting them along for the adventure) make sure you plan appropriately. You will need:
Good luck and let us know how your adventure goes!