Our friend Stefan van Norden discovers compelling stories about people connecting themselves and others to the natural world in which we live. Over the course of the past two years, he has interviewed a remarkable collection of luminaries across a range of human endeavor. Stefan’s guests reflect deeply on topics ranging from the famous gardens of Monticello and Brandywine to portraying nature in paint from the confines of a prison cell. From fly fishing to homesteading to the Appalachian Trail to poetry and philosophy in nature, you can hear thought-provoking conversations from people viewing life on Earth through focused and sometimes unexpected lenses. Each reminds us that we are part of nature.
We hope you’ll listen, too.
James Faupel specializes in Restoration Ecology at the Litzinger Road Ecology Center (LREC), a division of the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St Louis, MO. With a background in horticulture and arboriculture, James is part of a growing movement championing the ecological benefits of cultivating native plant species. In this episode, James discusses the alarming loss of natural prairie from the American Midwest, its vital role in the preservation of wildlife and plant species, and how ‘Urban Prairies’ can help raise awareness and appreciation for prairies, and the crucial mission to save and restore them.
James’ Article A Prairie Resurgence?
Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer, and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. In this episode of Nature Revisted, Jeffrey talks about the colorful history of the Appalachian Trail and the parties involved in its creation. He also recounts some of his own personal experiences on the AT, as well as some notable stories and anecdotes that have caught on over the years.