Our 5 senses - sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste - connect us with our surrounding world. The more we engage them with our experience, the stronger the memories we create and the more we understand the world we live in. With our senses we can get to know our environment on a deeper, more personal level.
Many researchers have been interested in the increased awareness and perceptiveness of people when they're in nature. Perhaps this is due to our senses being more fully engaged. When in the natural environment, you never know what you'll see. It's fluid, yet unpredictable. Your senses have more to take in when you're in the natural environment, and we many not understand the true benefits.
The next time you're with us in the Upper Newport Bay, discover the benefits for yourself. Here are a few tips to get your 5 senses getting to know the Upper Newport Bay:
Every ecosystem is unique and need people like you to help protect it. That's why there are volunteer organizations that make it easy for you to get involved!
When you volunteer your time to restore the environment, everyone benefits, including YOU!
Develop a community
The volunteers you meet become your team and circle of friends. We sweat, we laugh, we plant and many other things together. It's easy to make friends when we're having together.
Learn new (and proper) techniques
Removing invasive plant species, planting native plants and transplanting in a nursery may be new to you. That's okay! Or maybe it's not. That's okay, too! Our trained environmental leaders and staff members are there to assist you and lead the way, but ideas and experiences are exchanged from everyone.
Become a local expert
When you volunteer in and for the environment, you're surrounded by the natural ecology. You learn first-hand about the native plant species and wildlife. From red-tail hawks and Ospreys to rabbits, lizards and coastal sage scrub, you'll walk away with a new vocabulary and way of viewing your community.
Join CBREP today to start your newest adventure and preserve your local environment!