Nature, Health, Access: The Restorative Effects of Nature
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:00am

Are there issues regarding access to healthy natural spaces in our community? How can we determine needs and solutions? 

This workshop will review some of the latest findings regarding the health benefits of green spaces and near-by nature and how these benefits are unevenly distributed in our community. We will discuss ways to address these disparities in terms of grassroots activities, teaching, therapeutic work, and policy change. 

The day will include a series of expert talks, a panel discussion, and a public forum. Speakers include: Geoffrey Donovan, U.S. Forest Service, Portland Forestry Sciences Lab; Gregory Wolley, African American Outdoor Association; and Erica Timm, Neighborhood Trees Specialist, Friends of Trees.

Participants will:

Learn about the latest research on the restorative effects of nature, including the effects of tree cover and neighborhood greenery on outcomes such as children’s birth weight and incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Learn about basic health benefits of domestic nature (household plants and pets), nearby nature (i.e.,  parks and gardens), and managed nature  (e.g., forests and natural areas), as well as some benefits of outdoor activities and adventure wilderness-type areas.

Explore issues of social justice and equity associated with access to health-nurturing green spaces, as a general trend and specifically in the Portland Metro area.

Learn about interventions to help improve access to green spaces in Portland through the activities of community groups and nonprofits.

Who should attend?

This workshop is relevant for counselors, educators, activists, conservation and sustainability professionals, and any member of the community concerned about equitable access to nature. Please spread the word about this opportunity among friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

Co-sponsored by African American Outdoor Association, Friends of Trees, Legacy Hospital Healing Garden Program, and the Ecopsychology Certificate program, the Center for Community Engagement, and the Graduate Students of Color Alliance at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. 

This workshop is offered through thw Ecopsychology program at Lewis & Clark College.

When: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Lewis & Clark College

Follow this link to register.