This workshop focused on creating community among diverse leaders in the study of nature perception and the importance of nature for human and societal development. We identified information gaps and developed action plans and funding directives that address changing attitudes toward nature. In particular, we focused on answering the following questions: “What are the gaps in our understanding of connections between childhood and adult exposure to nature and conservation perceptions?”, “What types of research would be most effective in filling those knowledge gaps?”, “How have our perceptions changed in the past 100 years, and how should we address changes in the next 100 years?”, “How can we develop effective incentive structures at various levels to increase natural history knowledge and awareness?”, “Where and how can technology work in favor of nature appreciation?” and “How do changes in nature delivery systems, increases in screen time, and shifts in cognitive foci change nature appreciation?”.
Nancy Baron, Dan Campbell, Arya Degenhardt, Tom Fleischner, Ed Grumbine, David Inouye, Peter Kahn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Mimi Lam, Clare Walker Leslie, Gene Myers, Gary Paul Nabhan, Robert Michael Pyle, Karen Reagan, Kirsten Rowell, Brian Scavone, Laura Sewall, John Tallmadge, Josh Tewksbury, Mitch Thomashow, Saul Weisberg, Tom Wessels, Patricia Zaradic
To hear conversations from this workshop, visit the Natural Histories Project.