Nature Relatedness Scale

Nature Relatedness Scale
Instructions: For each of the following, please rate the extent to which you agree with each
statement, using the scale from 1 to 5 as shown below. Please respond as you really feel,
rather than how you think “most people” feel.
1 2 3 4 5
Disagree
strongly
Disagree a little Neither Agree or
disagree
Agree a little Agree
strongly
1. I enjoy being outdoors, even in
unpleasant weather.
____
2. Some species are just meant to die
out or become extinct.
____
3. Humans have the right to use
natural resources any way we want.
____
4. My ideal vacation spot would be a
remote, wilderness area.
____
5. I always think about how my
actions affect the environment.
____
6. I enjoy digging in the earth and
getting dirt on my hands.
____
7. My connection to nature and the
environment is a part of my
spirituality.
____
8. I am very aware of environmental
issues.
____
9. I take notice of wildlife wherever I
am.
____
10. I don’t often go out in nature. ____
11. Nothing I do will change problems
in other places on the planet.
____
12. I am not separate from nature,
but a part of nature.
____
13. The thought of being deep in
the woods, away from
civilization, is frightening.
____
14. My feelings about nature do not
affect how I live my life.
____
15. Animals, birds and plants
should have fewer rights than
humans.
____
16. Even in the middle of the city, I
notice nature around me.
____
17. My relationship to nature is an
important part of who I am.
____
18. Conservation is unnecessary
because nature is strong enough
to recover from any human
impact.
____
19. The state of non-human species
is an indicator of the future for
humans.
____
20. I think a lot about the suffering
of animals.
____
21. I feel very connected to all
living things and the earth.
____
Scoring Information
Reverse scored items: 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18; NR-self items: 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16, 17, 21; NR-perspective
items: 2, 3, 11, 15, 18, 19, 20; NR-experience items: 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 13
Overall NR score is calculated by averaging all 21 items (after reverse scoring appropriate items). Scores on
the 3 NR dimensions are also calculated by averaging appropriate items after reverse scoring.
A short-form version of the NR scale (NR-6) consists of items: 4, 5, 7, 9, 17, 21. Items are averaged to
create a score on the brief measure of NR. No items are reverse scored.
Referencing information:
Nisbet, E. K. L., Zelenski, J. M., & Murphy, S. A. (2009). The Nature Relatedness Scale: Linking individuals’
connection with nature to environmental concern and behaviour. Environment and Behavior, 41, 715-
740.

Source: http://www.naturerelatedness.ca/Nature_Relatedness_files/Nature%20Relatedness%20Scale%20and%20scoring-Nisbet%20et%20al.pdf

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