Take it outside, stay connected in nature.

nature pact


We are all a part of nature, and nature connects us all.


It’s round two of our #NaturePact, and this year, we want you to make a pact to spend intentional time in nature. For one month, experience nature daily and make your own connection with it, as we are all a part of nature and nature connects us all.

The People and Parks Foundation is calling on everyone to make a #NaturePact, and to feel the difference in their mood, energy and wellbeing when spending time outside in fresh air.

Time spent with nature makes us healthier, happier, and better connected to what each one of us is born a part of – life on earth. So, this September, schedule some time with nature every day, grab a friend (or fur-friend!) and head outside for your daily #NaturePact.

Time with nature is always time well spent.

  • Sign up to make a #NaturePact with a family member, friend or colleague. If you’d like to share your experiences being in and noticing nature, you’ll have the chance to win some beautiful nature-based prizes from our valued partners. Stay tuned for special themes and challenges.


Photo credits: Parks Vic

#NaturePact Guides

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Have you heard about the @atlasoflivingaustralia (the ALA)? It's a collaborative, open, digital tool bringing together data from a range of sources to build a comprehensive picture of Australia’s biodiversity! 🌳 ⁠
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During Biodiversity Month, and in the final week of our #NaturePact when we're learning how to nurture native nature, use the ALA to discover Australian nature at your fingertips.⁠
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Can you find some IRL examples of native nature in your local area using the ALA as your guide?⁠
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Hop on to the ALA at the link in our bio. ⁠
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Healthy sustainable ecosystems rely on environmental biodiversity.⁠
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This week, during Biodiversity Month, we encourage you to Nurture Native Nature as part of your #NaturePact. As inspiration, we’re celebrating our partner project, ‘Chelsea Australian Garden’ at Olinda.⁠
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We are supporting @phillip_johnson_landscapes to help deliver his award-winning vision of a stunning, diverse and highly engaging Australian native garden in the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens on the outskirts of Melbourne. Inspired by his local surrounds, Phillip designed the Australian Garden, using exclusively Australian native flora, to win both Gold and Best in Show at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.⁠
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This native garden will be recreated at twenty times the scale of the original exhibition garden and will provide an immersive showcase of Australian native plants sourced from all over the country. The Chelsea Australian Garden, Olinda will be a haven for rare and endangered Australian native plants, including:⁠
- Lagastrobus franklinii: Huon PineTasmania⁠
 - Citrus inodora: Russell River Lime⁠
- Davidsonia jerseyana: Davidson’s Plum⁠
- Wollemia nobilis: Wollemi Pine⁠
- Eucalyptus gregsoniana: WolganSnow Gum⁠
- Nematolepis wilsonii: Shiny Nematolepi⁠
- Grevillea willisii: Omeo Grevillea⁠
- Rhododendron lochiae: Australian Rhododendron⁠
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The Garden will connect visitors to the unique qualities of Australian native plants 🌿 and help us learn what stunning Australian natives we can grow and nurture at home.⁠
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Take a closer look at Phil’s design by clicking the link in our bio and stay connected with us to see this incredible design come to life! ⁠
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Tonight on #BackToNatureAU Aaron and Holly explore the waters and banks of Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales. As they glide alongside the sandstone cliffs, they find rock art made with red ochre.⁠
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We meet local writer Georgina Reid, who shares her poetry with Aaron and Holly, and speaks of the gifts that we can give nature: our presence, our attention, and our care that underpins it.⁠
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Georgina leaves us with a call to action from poet Mary Oliver:⁠
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"Instructions for living a life. ⁠
🍃 Pay attention. ⁠
🍃 Be astonished. ⁠
🍃 Tell about it.⁠
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What else is there?”- Georgina Reid, quoting Mary Oliver.⁠
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If you have already completed your #NaturePact for the day, it is now your time to relax and take in the marvelous sights of the latest episode of #BackToNatureAU.⁠
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Haven't signed up for your #NaturePact yet? There's still time click the link in our bio. ⁠
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How do you Forest Bathe or Rock Bask if you don't have a forest or large rock nearby? 💭 ⁠
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Helpful tips and guidance.⁠
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🌿 1. Seeing is believing – looking at an image of a Forest or sitting at a window framed by trees can help improve your overall wellbeing. ⁠
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🌿 2. Hold on to what you love - hold a rock in your hand and feel the weight of it. Is it sanded smooth to the touch, or does it have cracks and crevices? That rock could probably tell a few tales!⁠
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🌿 3. Tune in to nature sounds – do you have a favourite nature sounds app? If you can't be in the forest, close your eyes and listen, your imagination can do the work for you! ⁠
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🌿 4. Bring the forest indoors – invite nature indoors by introducing new houseplants. Surround yourself with nature, wherever you are. ⁠
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To learn more visit the link in our bio. ⁠
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“I think nature kind of returns me to who I am. I know that when I’ve gone through difficult times in my life, to get out into nature - it’s like a medicine.” - Missy Higgins ⁠
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On tonight's episode of #BackToNatureAU, the team are heading to the Otways to discover rainforest and rock, as well as to chat with singer-songwriter Missy Higgins who shares how nature gives her perspective. ⁠
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It's in this episode where we see Aaron and Holly walk amongst towering trees, breathing in the phytoncides: tiny powerful compounds that offer protection. This is sometimes called ‘forest bathing’, translated from the Japanese word shinrin yoku.⁠
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Be sure to tune in to ABC tonight at 8pm, or catch up on ABC iView.⁠
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Still haven't signed up for your #NaturePact? Sign up via the link in our bio ⁠
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We’re going #BackToNatureAU again tonight with the latest episode, The Fires of Larapuna! 

A magnificent stretch of coastline in north-eastern Tasmania was named the Bay of Fires by an English explorer in 1773 as he watched the smoke rise from campfires lit by the first Tasmanians who knew it as Larapuna.

Once you’ve completed your #NaturePact for the day, kick back on the couch and tune in to the latest episode. 

Haven’t signed up for your #NaturePact yet? There’s still time. Sign up via the link in our bio.
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Get into the habit of starting each day by Acknowledging Country, and the Traditional Owners across the globe 🍃

Each day during our #NaturePact, we give thanks and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Sign up to make your #NaturePact via the link in our bio.
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Let’s head to the Macedon Ranges with #BackToNatureAU 🌄 

The Macedon Ranges in Central Victoria, Australia is the Country of Wurundjeri, Taungurung & Dja Dja Wurrung people. 

Venture through the native forests to the iconic Hanging Rock. Experience nature with our hosts, Holly and Aaron, as they travel through this timeless world. 

Join us this September as we follow in Holly and Aaron’s footsteps and make your #NaturePact to spend meaningful time with nature daily. 

Let’s journey together and experience nature’s wonders, large and small. Stream from 8pm tonight on ABC iview and ABC TV or at the link in our bio.
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#NaturePact Campaign is kicking off very soon 🌱

Our annual #NaturePact is BACK this September and boy, do we have some exciting things in store for you!

Have you ever heard of forest bathing? Are you a rare plant enthusiast? There’s truly something for everyone in this massive nature-filled pact, and we’re here to help educate and stay along for your journey.

Sign up via the link in our bio.
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In September, we’re encouraging everyone to make a pact to spend intentional time with nature. 

Experience nature daily, make your personal connection and celebrate that humans are a part of nature and nature connects us all. Sign up to keep your #NaturePact, join us on a journey to deepen the connection and discover something new each time you take the time to spend with nature.

You’re welcome to join us at any time, from anywhere in the world. We’d also like to take a moment to thank our #NaturePact partners who are helping us spread the #NaturePact message around Australia and around the world.

Thank you, we’re so happy to be making a #NaturePact with you!
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Tonight on #BackToNatureAU venture to the highest point in the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges ⛰️

Enjoy the panoramic views of the Adelaide plains and more as @hollygoeslightly and Aaron Pedersen learn about the beautiful surroundings with the help of @pohlingyeow.

Playing a part in this incredible production has been a wild ride for us and we are lucky to have worked with some amazing people at @abctv, @mediastockade,@screennsw,@cultureislife__, @delwp_vic, @wurbanparks, @rememberthewild and @jane.threshold .

There is still time to make your make your #NaturePact for this September. Let us guide you through your journey as you connect with nature in new and exciting ways.

Stream from 8pm tonight on ABC iview and ABC TV and view the whole episode list at the link in our bio!
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Spending time in nature is... getting your hands dirty!

Get in touch with nature and indulge all of your senses - see, touch, taste, smell, hear nature, and experience a wholistic connection.

Even if you’re in the garden doing some maintenance like weeding or mowing the lawns. Take a moment to stop and observe the world around you. You might see, smell or feel something you wouldn’t normally. Plus who doesn’t love the smell of freshly cut grass?!

Sign up to make your #NaturePact today via the link in our bio 🍃
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One of the themes we will explore during our #NaturePact is protecting biodiversity and caring for rare plants facing possible extinction around the globe (an embarrassing number of which are endemic to Australia). When we care for Country, the Country cares for us.

Sign up for your #NaturePact and come on the journey with us from September 1.

Link in bio.
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In tonight’s episode of #BackToNatureAU, we are taken on a journey through the Snowy Mountains, Ngarigo Country in NSW.  

Tune in to @abctv tonight as we get to explore the tallest mountain range in mainland Australia and revel in this natural wonder. 

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with the team at @abctv, @mediastockade,@screennsw,@cultureislife__, @delwp_vic, and @rememberthewild. 

This September, make your #NaturePact and come with us on a journey to connect with nature in unique and meaningful ways. We can be your guide.

Stream from 8pm tonight on ABC iview and ABC TV. Access the full list of upcoming episodes at the link in our bio!
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Time with nature is always time well spent 🪴

Whether it’s exploring new places on your own or visiting old favourites with a friend, there’s no wrong way to spend time in nature.

Sign up to make your own #NaturePact this September and experience the physical and mental health and wellbeing benefits.

Head to the link in our bio.
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Spending time in nature allows us to journey deeper into an understanding of our land’s unique story, as well as gaining a greater understanding of ourselves, our history, and our place in the natural world.⁠
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At 8pm tonight, @abctv are airing their new 8-part docu-series, #BackToNatureAU, which explores a vast array of stunning Australian natural environments and how we can have a meaningful connection with nature, wherever we are.⁠
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We are so proud to have been involved in bringing this stunning series to the screen and look forward to the coming weeks when we get to immerse ourselves in the beauty that each episode captures.⁠
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This September, make your #NaturePact and come with us on a journey to connect with nature in unique and meaningful ways. We can be your guide.⁠
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Stream from Tuesday 10 August 8pm on ABC iview and ABC TV or at the link in our bio. ⁠
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Will you be making a #NaturePact with us in 2021?

We want to welcome and thank all of our #NaturePact official partners. This #NaturePact campaign would not have come to fruition without our partners’ ongoing support and advocacy worldwide. 

We look forward to seeing how your communities make their #NaturePact within each part of this incredible world! 

Time with nature is always time well spent, so enjoy nature and feel the difference in your mood, energy, and wellbeing when spending time outside in fresh air. 🍃

Sign up opportunities to come soon! 
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Get up close and personal with nature during your #NaturePact⁠⠀
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What's the best thing you've taken a photo of close up? Share your pictures and don't forget to tag us!⁠⠀
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Regram: @macro_photos_australia⁠⠀
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Step 1: Go outside⁠⠀
Step 2: Switch off your phone⁠⠀
Step 3: Travel where your feet take you⁠⠀
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Connecting with nature is surprisingly easier than you think - especially when completing your #NaturePact!⁠⠀
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Animal spotting on today's #NaturePact 👀⁠⠀
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Who have you met on your adventures this week?⁠⠀
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Climb a tree?⁠⠀
Hug a tree?⁠⠀
Read under a tree?⁠⠀
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What's your favourite way to spend time with trees during your #NaturePact? 🌳⁠⠀
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Sign up via the link in our bio.⁠⠀
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If you like what we’re doing and are interested in becoming a partner, please get in touch.

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the country throughout Australia and acknowledge the ongoing living culture of Aboriginal people.