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Reasons to Love Science & Nature

21 September 2023

Nature Walks: Helpful paths to wellbeing?

Spending time outdoors with nature is not only good for our physical health, but for our mental health as well. According to research carried out by mental health charities like Mind, spending time outdoors with nature can impact positively on our emotional wellbeing and reduce stress by encouraging us to take time out to explore, appreciate and question the natural world around us.

A leafy forest road in the fall.A leafy forest road in the fall.

If nothing else, the necessary limitations of lockdown forced many of us to slow down and focus closely on our local natural environments; the sound of an unusual birdsong, the beauty of an autumn leaf, a glimpse of a wild deer all suddenly became moments to treasure.        

In London, we are lucky enough to have numerous green spaces to explore, from Richmond Park and Hampstead Heath to Hyde Park and Regents Park, as well as a range of unusual urban green spaces, all of which can offer us much needed respite from the trials of everyday life. 

Guided nature walks in London: If you would like to explore London’s beautiful green spaces join a relaxing walk led by one of our expert nature guides.

Two deer at Richmond park in London.Two deer at Richmond park in London.

Science: Tackling the big existential questions

Without a background in science (or if you have unpleasant memories of studying science at school), the thought of enrolling on a physics, astrophysics or geology course may seem a little daunting.

However, astronomy, cosmology, physics, and astrophysics can help us to unlock and make sense of the greatest existential issues that we will ever face - from the big bang theory to the physics of time, leaving us in awe of our own individual place in the universe.   

Conversely geology may bring us quite literally back down to earth as a topic covering billions of years of earth’s history, from the formation of climates to the history of life and mass extinctions, right down to the rock types we might find in London’s modern landscapes, all of which can also change the ways in which we view the world around us.       

Image of a rock wall with growing moss.Image of a rock wall with growing moss.

So, is it time to learn something new and exciting, like how to identify a constellation of stars, the physical laws that govern our universe, or the history of life on earth? Whether you are interested in astronomy, physics or geology, an introductory course at City Lit may be the perfect pathway to discovering - or rediscovering – a passion for our world, our galaxy, and the universe.

At City Lit, we offer a range of exciting and popular Science and Nature courses to support our learning community, from geology, physics, astronomy, and ornithology to relaxing and engaging nature walks in London’s green and urban spaces.  

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