What is Nature Rx?
Research that Supports Nature Rx
In 2018 the USDA produced the report on Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-being, a research summary for communicating the health benefits for urban trees and green space.
Nature Rx is about fulfilling a prescription (Rx) for better physical, mental and social lives, just by enjoying your outdoor environment, a benefit have in abundance of here at UC Davis! Within our Nature Rx webpages, we share with our community the many ways you can take advantage of the resources — both digital and physical — provided by the Arboretum and Public Garden and other campus departments. Discover a new nature nook, engage with your environment and yourself, begin your journey of understanding the importance of nature and its impact on your health!
How are you feeling? Whether you are feeling good and want to keep it that way or experiencing discomfort, studies show that:
- People living near parks and green space experience less mental distress, are more physically active, and have extended life spans.
- Exposure to nature may decrease human mortality from chronic disease.
- When people exercise outdoors in natural environments, they do so for longer periods of time and at greater intensities.
- Positive health effects are enhanced when green space includes the presence of water, or blue space.
(Source: Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-Being, United States Department of Agriculture).
Nature Rx Resources
The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden provides multiple resources for enjoying nature on the UC Davis campus, at home and online. In addition, our leadership in this area is recognized nationally. Browse these resources to learn more, then get outside, explore and begin to harness the power of our outdoor environments as a source of hope, comfort, healing and well-being especially during stressful times. That's what Nature Rx is all about.
Our campus is filled with inspiring opportunities to take advantage of the mental health and well-being benefits of Nature Rx.
Take advantage of the mental health and well-being effects of nature right outside your door with these inspirational Nature Rx resources.
There are also ways to learn more about and engage with nature online! Check out activities that allow you to connect virtually.
Learn more about our leadership supporting and promoting the health and well-being benefits of nature.