The relationship to nature is inextricably linked to cycles of ego-development. During various stages of life nature is understood differently. A secret place for a child becomes a sacred place for an adult. A well-formulated environmental identity enables individuals to pass through the changes of life and to guide others through them as well. The search for environmental identity is a life long process. It is a way of life, an orientation towards living that is a constant struggle, a perennial reevaluation.