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“I’d rather be outside” – how young urbanites satiate their longing for the outdoors

Juni 15 2020


“I’d rather be outside” – how young urbanites satiate their longing for the outdoors

Hiking is the new gym, forest bathing the new pool party. Young urbanites have rediscovered the joy of picking mushrooms, berries, and wild herbs. During the week, they are transforming even the smallest of balconies into blooming oases of flowers or vegetables, and some are even trying their hand at keeping bees or chickens. Going beyond these activities, there are also countless new projects designed to put urban dwellers back in touch with nature. We have tracked down some of the most fascinating initiatives for you.




The Landesbund für Vogelschutz (LBV) is a Bavarian nature conservation association that runs projects on species and habitat conservation in the region and beyond. In the region of Munich, the Bavarian capital, the preservation of endangered species is a key concern, which is why the LBV now manages 40 hectares (99 acres) of precious habitats. People who are interested in supporting nature conservation can get involved in activities held several times a week. Under expert guidance, they harvest hay, mow meadows, and cut back overgrown trees and shrubs. The biotopes are now home to 340 endangered animal and plant species. Volunteers appreciate being able to work alongside others in the fresh air and learn more about rare species of native flora and fauna. Find out more about the LBV’s projects at www.lbv-muenchen.de.






The City Nature Challenge (CNC) was launched in 2016 by the Citizen Science Team of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. The project aims to illustrate how people are surrounded by nature, even in the biggest cities. Knowledge of which species live where is useful for studying and protecting them. Cities compete against each other in making the most nature observations, finding and documenting the most species, and having the largest number of participants.




It is one of the most densely populated areas of the world, and its population has quadrupled in the last 70 years. Despite this, Hong Kong is one of the greenest cities in Asia because of its mountainous topography. The Hong Kong Hikers organization takes advantage of this fact. They organize a wide range of walks throughout Hong Kong. Find out more at www.hongkonghikers.org.




What are you waiting for?

No matter where you are, adventures are waiting for you just outside your doorstep. Grab your binoculars and head out to discover hidden treasures. We dare you to SEE THE UNSEEN.


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