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Listen to nature from eight of the US National Parks to stay calm and productive

  • Daniel Wolfe
By Daniel Wolfe

Things reporter

Give the tip from a former NASA astronaut a try. The sounds of nature will help you through quarantine.

In the New York Times, Scott Kelly wrote how much he craved nature while confined in the International Space Station: “My colleagues liked to play a recording of Earth sounds, like birds and rustling trees, and even mosquitoes, over and over. It brought me back to earth.”

The morning chittering of birds along the thermal springs at Yellowstone National Park you’re listening to is just one small slice of the thousands of hours of recordings the Natural Sounds and Night Skies division of the US National Park Service provided to Quartz. We selected and cleaned up a couple hours worth for you below.

Listening is not just a cure for space brain. Research has shown that people are more productive after listening to the sounds of nature. Nature recordings have also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

Listen to the sounds of the Grand Tetons while you work. Be immersed in the insect calls of Wrangell-St. Elias while you meditate. Hear the chirping birds at Grant–Kohrs Ranch while you read.

The clips above are close to an hour in length and will loop indefinitely. You can mix your favorites together and adjust their volume individually. For some locations you can choose to listen during a rainy day or a dry one.

📬 Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee).

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