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Update: You can read the original, long version (i.e. 23 pages) of this essay here.

I first learned about the concept of “nearby nature” in graduate school. The term was coined by Rachel Kaplan and Stephan Kaplan in their 1989 book, The Experience of Nature. The Kaplans define this form of nature as a space that contains “one or more plants…that is proximal [and] it can be indoors or out-of-doors.” With this wide-open definition, there are arguably many subtypes of nearby nature. I’ve thought about nearby nature or neighborhood nature or next door nature especially in the context of cities…

Georgia Silvera Seamans

Nature curious, mostly about city trees, sometimes with kids in tow @localecologist. Rookie birder. Writer + researcher. In the field @wspecoprojects. She/her.

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