Some scholars (a particular breed of social constructivists) say that nature is nothing more than our experiences of it.
This is a future post so hang in there, it's going to be a doozy.
Here's what I've dug into/I am digging into on this:
Castree, N. Theorising: Nature – Society - Capitalism by Noel Castree - part I [Video File]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30eEEEP_3OM
Demeritt, D. (2002). What is the “social construction of nature”? A typology and sympathetic critique. Progress in Human Geography, 26(6), 767–790. https://doi.org/10.1191/0309132502ph402oa
Ginn, F., & Demeritt, D. (2008). Nature: A contested concept. In N. Clifford, S. Holloway, S. Rice, & G. Valentine (Eds). Key Concepts in Geography. London: SAGE.
Greider, T., & Garkovich, L. (2010). Landscapes: The Social Construction of Nature and the Environment. Rural Sociology, 59(1), 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1549-0831.1994.tb00519.x
Haines-Young (2008). Nature: Reclamation, Rehabilitation and Restoration. In N. Clifford, S. Holloway, S. Rice, & G. Valentine (Eds). Key Concepts in Geography. London: SAGE.
Landman, K. E. (2003). Doctoral Thesis: Constructs of Nature in the Mattawa Landscape: “It’s who we are and how we live.” Queen’s University.
Sessions, G. (1995). Postmodernism, Environmental Justice, and The Demise Of The Ecology Movement? Trumpeter, 12(3). Retrieved from http://trumpeter.athabascau.ca/index.php/trumpet/article/view/305/457
Smith, M. (1999). To Speak of Trees: Social Constructivism, Environmental Values, and the Future of Deep Ecology. Environmental Ethics, 21(4), 359–376. https://doi.org/10.5840/enviroethics19992143