Matthew Zylstra, PhD is an ecologist, lecturer and facilitator focusing on human~nature connectedness. His transdisciplinary research has entwined ecology, environmental psychology, and education in support of deep learning and wellbeing. He is a keen naturalist, especially in coastal and marine ecosystems. Matthew’s PhD dissertation on meaningful nature experience, nature connectedness and its role in transformative education is freely available for download here »
A trailer from a recent interview I did on KyKNET's 'Dierepraters' series ...On September 17, 2021 / By Matthew Zylstra
The urge to experience and love new nature places while we can. ...On January 31, 2021 / By Matthew Zylstra
"For the Love of the Lagoon" - the Keurbooms 2021 Calendar is ready to order! ...On November 21, 2020 / By Matthew Zylstra
VIDEO: An online Special Session at the Fynbos Forum 2020 ...On September 21, 2020 / By Matthew Zylstra
Births and the birds that bring connection and catharsis in moments of need. ...On May 19, 2020 / By Matthew Zylstra
Does the Xhosa tradition of ukuthwasa serve as a metaphor for humanity's own COVID-19 calling? ...On April 22, 2020 / By Matthew Zylstra
Matthew Zylstra was recently interviewed on Earthfire Radio about his perspectives on where to put our attention during these ...On March 24, 2020 / By Matthew Zylstra
If we scaled the entire human history into a 24 hour day, what would that timeline tell us? We ...On March 11, 2020 / By Matthew Zylstra
A special moment transpired earlier this year: it involved a dragonfly, a prolonged thought of invitation and a ritual ...On November 2, 2019 / By Matthew Zylstra
Announcing the new publication “Meaningful nature experiences: pathways for deepening connections between people and place” in the book "Cultural ...On December 4, 2018 / By Matthew Zylstra
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All becoming has needed me. My looking ripens things and they come toward me to meet and be met.
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The PhD research underpinning certain content on eyes4earth.org was completed in early 2014.
The final dissertation is freely available for download here.
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