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 a little Neither Agree or
Agree a little Agree
1. I enjoy being outdoors, even in
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
8. I am very aware of environmental
9. I take notice of wildlife wherever I
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
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
19. The state of non-human species
is an indicator of the future for
20. I think a lot about the suffering
21. I feel very connected to all
living things and the earth.
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.
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-