The Importance of Nature and Wildness in Our Urban Lives



For several years now I have been administering an interesting slide-based survey to my new graduate students. I call it the “what is this?” survey, and it consists largely of images of flora and fauna native to the eastern United States. Interspersed are other images, political and corporate. I ask students to tell me everything they can about the images I present, and the results are usually rather discouraging: Few students are able to name even common species of birds, plants, or trees. Sometimes the results are amusing (and would be more so if they weren’t so sad).


Community Garden Urban Heat Island Effect Urban Nature Green Neighborhood Nature Walk 

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© Timothy Beatley 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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