Foraging and being in nature are two good ways to connect with nature.
Going about my business today I came across a load of cherry trees in the middle of a housing estate. I thought the cherry period was over, wrong, I stuffed my face with cherries. It amazes me people will ignore the fruit, nuts, berries and fungi growing all over Colchester, some of it literally outside of their front door, but will spend a fortune paying for similar bland tasting fruit in the retail stores.
One issue with foraging is watching out for the bugs, but then even if you eat the bug in the fruit it is extra protein, and a better outcome than the retailed fruit which have suffered fungicide, pesticide, herbicide, irradiation and potential GM contamination. Picking fruit straight off the bush or tree is a guarantee you avoid eating potentially dangerous fungus and toxins that builds up on badly handled and stored fruit in retail stores. Foraging is a simple rapid way to connect with nature.
How many people sit in front of a television eating their food? I took my meal out with me tonight and ate it on a bench looking out on a lake in Colchester. It was a beautiful mild evening, no wind, calm waters, and swans gliding through the water. A rare magical moment as a heron flew in to sit on a willow tree branch across the water in front of me. Add the music of swan lake, the scene would be perfect. Being out in nature is a second way to connect with nature.