The Benefits of Nature for All Ages

Join Professor Donald Rakow for a discussion on how connecting to nature benefits human health.

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Stressed out by these uncertain times?

Join Professor Donald Rakow for a discussion on how connecting to the natural world can reduce stress, promote mental health, and lead to positive health outcomes for all ages. This talk will explore some of the major stressors in our modern world as well as recent scientific evidence that confirms that spending time in nature can improve human health. Participants will leave with new understanding of the power of nature and motivation for adding nature engagement into their regular routine.

Age: Adult

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Location: Holden Arboretum | Reinberger Classroom

Following the talk, Professor Rakow will be leading a Guided Forest Therapy Walk. Click here for info on how to join the walk.

The Benefits of Nature for All Ages
Saturday, June 08, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Price: $20 per member, $30 per nonmember

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Don Rakow. PhD

Don Rakow. PhD

Dr. Donald A. Rakow is a retired associate professor of Horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University, and former co-director of the Cornell Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership. He is the co-author with Sharon Lee of the first-ever text in the field of public horticulture, ‘Public Garden Management’ (Wiley & Sons, 2011), and together with Ms. Lee and Prof. Meghan Gough a book on social outreach by public gardens, ‘Public Gardens and Livable Cites’ (Cornell University Press, 2021). Dr. Rakow is the former coordinator of the Nature Rx@Cornell program and the co-author of the text, ‘Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health Cites’ (Cornell University Press, 2019). He also co-directs the nationwide Campus Nature Rx Network (CNRx), which offers the year-long CNRx Academy Certification program. He speaks frequently about the benefits of time in nature to various groups and guides Forest Therapy walks. Dr. Rakow continues to be active in the American Public Gardens Association, for which he has chaired numerous committees. The Association has recognized his contributions to this field with its Service Award (2009) and Award of Merit (2015).

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