May 2, 2022
Virtual - MHAM - Dr. Kathleen Wolf Discusses the Mental Health Benefits of Being in Nature
Monday, May 2, 2022
We're kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) with this fascinating and important conversation. Metro nature - including trees, parks, gardens, and natural areas - enhance quality of life in cities and towns. The experience of nature improves human health and well-being in many ways. Nearly 40 years of scientific studies tell us how. Join Dr. Kathleen Wolf, a research social scientist out of the University of Washington, as we discuss the mental health benefits we might experience if we spend more time in our green spaces.
About Dr. Wolf:
As a social scientist I investigate people's perceptions and behaviors with regard to urban landscapes. Based on professional experiences early in my career - as an urban forester in South Florida and a landscape architect in the Midwest - I became interested in the interactions between human and ecological systems.
My work is based on the principles of environmental psychology, and studies explore the human dimensions of open space, urban forestry and natural systems:
1. Nearby nature and human health benefits
2. Public preferences and perceptions regarding urban public landscapes
3. Developmental benefits associated with youth participation in urban greening work
In classes and public presentations two themes also help frame lectures and discussions:
• The psycho-social benefits of peoples' experiences of urban nature, and
• How public perceptions and values can be integrated into planning and management of urban open spaces.
Please register for this event and you'll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails - make sure to check your spam folder for them. The email will be coming from Zoom.
This program is in collaboration with Decisions at Every Turn, GreenUp Ashland, the Ashland Sustainability Committee, the Ashland Forest Committee, and Ashland Human Services. We are also pleased to be partnering with the Public Library of Brookline, the Cary Library (Lexington), the Medway Library, the Millis Library, and the Tewksbury Library to bring this program to our communities.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.
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