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The Academy Nature Project

loyalsock canyon vista by mike servedio

Doctors and psychologists have long recognized that spending time in nature leads to a healthier well-being. Time spent outdoors is related to lower stress levels, decreased blood pressure, and a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Many people are experiencing nature differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are taking more walks to break up the monotony of staying at home, some are taking fewer trips outside because they are unable. Many people are watching the world from the windows of their houses and seeing things outside they'd never noticed before. People are rearranging travel plans as the future remains uncertain, while others are dreaming of places they've been to escape what sometimes feels like an endless cycle of bad news. 

At the Academy, we want to know how you are interacting with nature during these difficult times. We'll be posting a different photo/video prompt each week on our social media channels to encourage you to share both current and past nature photos. 

When the museum reopens, we hope to showcase many of your photos at the Academy alongside our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit.

Upcoming prompts: 

  • May 5 - Spring
  • May 12 - Green
  • May 19 - Delaware River Watershed
  • May 26 - The Most Beautiful Place You've Visited
  • June 2 - Trees/forests
  • June 9 - Place that Brings You Zen
  • June 16 - Favorite hiking/biking/boating trip
  • June 23 - Water: Rivers, oceans, streams, waterfalls
  • June 30 - Wildlife/Animals in Nature

spring house