Connecting with nature during COVID-19

SEMINAR: Connecting with nature during COVID-19

How people can maintain physical and emotional relationships with the natural world despite social-distancing measures?

The People and Nature Alliance (PANA) would like to host some online presentations based on this topic with a particular focus on talks that might suggest pathways for how people can connect with nature during the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, we (PANA) would like to take the key messages from these presentations and our group discussion, and produce a simple advice document. This document would be targeted at local government, health practitioners, and e-NGO’s, and would aim to provide a consistent set of messages and advice for how people can build and maintain relationships with nature when movement is constrained. The knowledge and authority of the many experts in our group will ensure the advice is sound and gives people confidence in their messaging to the broader public.

Confirmed Program

Opening talk

  • Communicating about nature during COVID – Emily Gregg
  • Experiencing nature

  • Re-Imagining Nature – Georgina Reid
  • Mindful engagement with nearby nature: staying connected with nature during a pandemic – Rose Macaulay
  • Technology and nature

  • Nature connection and digital technologies? Insights from citizen science literature – Debbie Gonzalez Canada
  • Using Virtual Nature to Cope with Social Distancing – Tristan Snell & Navjot Bhullar
  • Social Media and Animal Photos- The Internet Connection – Meghan Shaw
  • Programs and initiatives

  • Lonely Conservationists- Isolated beyond the pandemic – Jessie Panazzolo
  • Victoria’s COVID-Safe Virtual Nature Festival: science, policy & people – Fern Hames
  • Participate in the seminar

    Virtual Seminar: Connecting with nature during COVID-19
    Thursday, June 11th 2020, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm

    To register as an official PANA member and participate from the Seminar, please go to, click “Join” or “Sign up”, and complete the PANA membership application form.

    For more information, visit People and Nature Alliance (PANA).

    We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and pay respects to elders – past, present and emerging. We aim to work together with Traditional Custodians to develop solutions to environmental problems in genuine partnership, respecting and appreciating their knowledge, culture, history and world views.