You don’t need to spend the day in an old-growth forest to get the benefits of time in nature. Don’t overlook those imperfect corners of your backyard, a pocket park or nearby green belt, or the overgrown edges of city parks.
You might be amazed at how much wildness you can find in the scraggly edges of a tamer environment. My two children and I have found spiders, snakes, caterpillars, ladybugs, and even a salamander in the un-mown edges of our suburban lawn. We’ve also found interesting plants that have managed to self-seed and get a foothold where the lawn mower couldn’t reach them.