Happy May Day 2020!  This may be one of the the most important days of the year. Symbolically, this day represents the return of life and fertility to the world. Astrologically, today marks the midpoint of Spring, half way between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.

Traditionally, children gather flowers and make May Baskets to give to their neighbors. Hopefully, a lot of dandelions and violets are in them, not our special, ephemeral wildflowers.  

For the Prairie Enthusiasts, we look forward to a successful year of growth and stewardship. Today, we celebrate Spring and our deep roots in the Earth’s enduring cycles. Over the next few weeks we will witness one of Earth’s great seasonal cycles of bird migration. 

Keep your eyes on the sky and Prairie for daily new arrivals; have you spotted a Blue Bird yet?   

Nature gives us life, hope, sustenance and solace. Nature Therapy, sometimes referred to as ecotherapy, describes the benefits associated with an individuals presence within nature. This is easy to find on the prairies and in oak savannas. We hope you will get out in Nature and better yet, onto our preserves and improve your health and well being. Being on the Prairie is very grounding, think of the Prairie’s deep roots in the Earth. Feel the Prairie plants reaching for the Sun. This is similar to the ancient concept of Forest Bathing which combines a variety of experiences in the natural environment. There is a lot of unseen interactions between a person and the soil, native grasses, pollen, bees and all the creatures of the prairie. Renew yourself in nature, experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the prairie. Feel the sun and the breeze. Prairie therapy is restorative! 

May Day is a good day to feel the cycle of the seasons… as well as every other day. May Day reminds us to stay connected to the Earth, Sun, Wind and Water. Get out on the prairie and get some Nature Therapy!