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Parks, People, a Pandemic and Problem-Solving

Parks, People, a Pandemic and Problem-Solving

Candice Gaukel Andrews September 14, 2021 0

Being able to get away to a park—whether national, state or local—played an important role in mental and physical health for a lot of us during the first months of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Nature Expert to Love It

You Don’t Have to Be a Nature Expert to Love It

Candice Gaukel Andrews June 29, 2021 0

There’s the old maxim that you must know something to love it. And we’ve certainly heard that regarding nature: that if we don’t expose people—particularly the next generation—to the outdoors and the biodiversity that

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Nature is a “Happy Place” for Children

Nature is a “Happy Place” for Children

Candice Gaukel Andrews June 15, 2021 0

When children were recently asked to draw their “happy places,” more than half of them created drawings that included aspects of nature and outdoor spaces, such as gardens, grass, lakes, outdoor playgrounds, parks, rainbows,

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A City Park Visit Lifts Your Mood as Much as Christmas

A City Park Visit Lifts Your Mood as Much as Christmas

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 15, 2020 0

Santa Claus has long been known as the world’s biggest spreader of happiness and joy, but he now has some competition when it comes to eliciting smiles on Christmas Day. Recent research shows that

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City Plans to Consider Nature’s Impact on Mental Health

City Plans to Consider Nature’s Impact on Mental Health

Candice Gaukel Andrews June 2, 2020 0

There are two astonishing facts about how we live that I think are closely related. The first is that by 2050, two of every three people on Earth will reside in a city. The

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Connection with Nature as a Child Means a Healthier Adult

Connection with Nature as a Child Means a Healthier Adult

Candice Gaukel Andrews April 7, 2020 0

Seeking out the natural world—and the wildlife that occupies it—is a good way to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and its resultant shelter-in-place edicts. But now, there’s even more reason to indulge in the

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Just Two Hours in Nature Per Week Brings Health Benefits

Just Two Hours in Nature Per Week Brings Health Benefits

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 31, 2019 0

On New Year’s Day, rather than making resolutions, I have a better suggestion: go outside and take a walk. Or don’t take a walk, but just go outside. You don’t even have to be

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Want a Creativity Boost? Take a Walk in Nature.

Want a Creativity Boost? Take a Walk in Nature.

Candice Gaukel Andrews October 16, 2018 7

There’s no doubt that today most adults and children spend more time indoors interacting with media and technology than participating in outdoor activities. Numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature is good

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