Nature and Nurture – Appreciating Colorado’s Natural Areas

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in Colorado Native Plants, Landscape Inspiration | 0 comments

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a hike through the Phantom Canyon Area in Northern Colorado led by Pam Smith and Megan Bowes through the Colorado Native Plant Society.  Our hosts were Bill and Cindy Henk who live on one of the ranches near the Nature Conservancy property.  They were so gracious to open their home and property for us and it was an amazing experience for all.  Bill and Cindy have a passion for nurturing our native environment and are committed to minimizing their footprint in this world.

Phantom Canyon Ranches

While en-route to the property we were discussing the mindset of people and our responsibility to our environment.  We were having a discussion about an experience in graduate school which was combined with theological studies in which one of the students said she didn’t need to worry about the environment because she was saved and she knew where she was going in the end (Paradise restored), so what she did here on earth didn’t matter.  This caused me to ponder…..I have always believed we are called to be good stewards of the land, and that God reveals Himself through creation….nature included.  I stand in awe of the beauty and majesty of this wonderful place we live.  So what is our responsibility?  What happens when we take God our of the equation?  I believe when this happens, nature no longer holds the reverence intended.  People seek after their own good and not that of others or the future stewardship of the land.

The next morning I was reading my e-mails and here comes this blog from Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens whose topic was this very issue.  I was surprised to find out that there is a National Religious Partnership for the Environment whose purpose is to promote environmental stewardship.  They state  “Consider ones role in society or in a faith community…..each has a unique opportunity to contribute to a better understanding on the relationship between faith and the environment or to nurture richer more fruitful expressions of the calling to care for creation” .  This is my calling, giving tools and information to help others to be more environmentally responsible in their home landscapes, to keep the AWE in our environment, and leave the world a better place for the next generation.

Phantom Canyon Foothills Scenery

It was so great to experience Phantom Canyon with people who care, from all walks of life.  We had geologists, biologists, botanists, ornithologists, all people who care about different aspects of our environment and are concerned for the future of the world we live in.

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