NatureRx at UCONN

Did you know spending time in nature improves physical and mental well-being? Research has shown that as little as 20 minutes spent engaged with nature can reduce feelings of stress, depression and anxiety while at the same time increasing immune system function, concentration and memory. We acknowledge that definitions of nature vary, and that many factors affect how individuals experience nature, such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, culture and childhood experience. We encourage you to find a way to be in nature that speaks to you. NatureRx at UConn is one of a growing number of a programs on college campuses nationwide designed to promote spending time in nature. This site will help you find great places to sit quietly, hike or bike near UConn and in the town of Mansfield.

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New this spring:

To Sit With the Universe
A self-help book of contemplative activities written by UConn students.

Land Use Statement

We acknowledge that the land where we seek Nature is the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.

Image of a tree canopy in fall looking up in Storrs, Connecticut
The overstory at Shelter Falls (Photo: Chris Simon)