Gabrielle Herin always loved animals and nature. At the age of fourteen, she came knocking at the door of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge looking for volunteer opportunities. She quickly became involved in invasive species removal, tree planting, trail […]

Reconnecting in Detroit: The Transformative Potential ...


Jim Ballowe is the Center for Humans and Nature’s “Artist of the Month” for August 2018. CHN communications director Jeremy Ohmes recently sat with Jim to ask him about his poetry, particularly why and how he draws inspiration from the […]

A Shock of Recognition


My first day maintaining trails on Martha’s Vineyard, my supervisor said, “When your friends ask what you do, tell them you make the island beautiful.” He drew out the word in a sing-song way. “Beeeaauuuty-full.” His sprightly energy provided a […]

Island of the Ospreys



In 2007, Martinez, California, had some unusual visitors. In those days you could drop by the local Starbucks, pick up your morning latte, and step right outside to watch some fluffy beaver kits munch down willow leaves, twigs, and scraps […]

Is Your City Smarter than a ...


“Wherever you are is called Here.” ~ David Wagoner, from the poem “Lost” (1999) Lately, I’ve started writing HERE poems, noting the coordinates of the subject in the title. This is new to me and it offers a shift: planting me in my […]

Here: "The City's in the Garden"


Dear colleagues, The full program for IAEP’s 2018 Annual Meeting is now online. The conference will take place from October 20-22, 2018 in State College, PA. The program can be found at: https://environmentalphilosophy.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/iaep_spep-program2018.pdf Source: 2018 Conference Program

2018 Conference Program