Museums, nature and the five ways to well-being


I’m hoping by this point you are all well aware of the Five Ways to Well-being:

http://www.neweconomics.org/projects/five-ways-well-being

They are:

  1. Connect
  2. Be Active
  3. Take notice
  4. Keep learning
  5. Give

It occurs to me, a museum, working with a conservation body, a local nature reserve, a local neglected green space, can easily meet all five in one activity. So how would that work?

Imagine a project where a group of new volunteers got together to learn about the flora and fauna of the reserve, before doing some work improving the environment there. Does that meet all five?

  1. To start with, you are meeting lots of new people in a social way, so we certainly CONNECT
  2. If you are then out digging, planting, cleaning spaces, walking around the reserve, you will certainly BE ACTIVE
  3. It’s also obvious, if you are thinking about making that environment more suited to wildlife, you must TAKE NOTICE of what is and isn’t working there
  4. Similarly, you are being taught what to plant, what environments are right for what animals, what animals and plants you will be seeing. So you KEEP LEARNING
  5. Finally, you are a volunteer. You are providing your time for free, to benefit your local community. That sounds like GIVING to me.

It’s such a simple and easy link for museums to make. The collections and expertise in the building lend themselves to that social learning side, and by engaging in the wider community you show your relevance. So let’s get on with it!

You should also read up on Green Exercise:

http://www.greenexercise.org/

 

David Craven

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