January is a time of hope. The year is fresh. Maybe you’ve got a new planner and color-coded highlighters, ready to stay organized. Maybe you’ve downloaded a meditation app or deleted some social media ones. Maybe you’ve purchased a new pair of running shoes. Whatever you resolve to do (or not do!), CLC has some ideas for how you can stay engaged with nature all year long.
- Check out a nature book. Winter is a great time for reading! Some of our past favorites have included Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, and The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf. Want more book recommendations? Be sure to like and follow CLC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn), where we’ll be sharing some of our favorite reads this month.
- Learn something new. Is 2024 the year you decide to plant a pollinator garden, or try birdwatching? There are lots of free resources that can help you reach your goals. The Xerces Society, Audubon Society, and National Wildlife Federation have native plant finder websites that allow you to enter your zipcode and receive best plants for pollinators and birds. Apps like Merlin, eBird, and iNaturalist can help you identify animals outside visually or by bird call. And don’t forget to check out your local library! In addition to being full of great books, several Columbia County libraries include Nature Explorer backpacks that you can check out free of charge.
- Get involved. Resolve to get more involved in your community by volunteering or giving back. CLC is, of course, always excited to meet new volunteers, but lots of other options exist as well. Does your community have a free fridge you could stock with food and household items? Could you organize a seed swap on NextDoor for folks planning their gardens? Is your town board or Conservation Advisory Council looking for new members? Get curious, and find out more about how you can contribute!
However you choose to approach 2024, I hope the year is bright, beautiful, and full of joy.