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. This site will help you to find a way to be in nature that speaks to you.


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What do you want to do?

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Nature Journaling Upcoming Event

Bring your enthusiasm for the natural world and leave with a personal journal, inspired by the plants of the UConn Botanical Conservatory. This workshop is an opportunity to beat the winter blues and engage with nature in an active and dynamic way. You will express your inquisitiveness and wonder through sketching, calligraphy, writing, and other forms of artmaking. Tap into your curiosity and let yourself be surprised by the diversity of forms on display in the greenhouses.

The emphasis of this workshop is on the creative process and having fun. All levels are welcome: neither botanical knowledge nor previous drawing experience are required. Please bring any art supplies you have and enjoy working with (e.g. watercolors, pen and ink, markers, pencils). Paper plus additional art supplies and tools will be provided.

This activity is led by botanist and nature art enthusiast Kristel Schoonderwoerd, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary. It will take place on Saturday, February 24th from 1-4pm. Stay tuned for the release of the sign-up form.


Land Acknowledgement

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.

NatureRx Contact Information

Phone (860) 486-4150
Email cynthia.s.jones@uconn.edu
Address Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3043

Staying Informed with NatureRx

NatureRx at UConn is part of a national movement across college campuses for finding synergy with nature and university students. We encourage you to sign up for the Campus NatureRx Newsletters by clicking on the button below. Cindi is a regular contributor and it is a great way to stay engaged and up to date.

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